Academic Content Standards
Content standards are helping Cincinnati Public Schools ensure that written curriculum, classroom instruction and tests of learning all match — an alignment that research suggests makes a powerful impact on student achievement.
Standards in Transition
Full implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, which raise the bar even higher, began in the 2014-15 school year.
The district currently uses academic content standards adopted by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for core subject areas. The standards for kindergarten through twelfth grade are rigorous and consistent with national standards.
Current standards for Language Arts and Mathematics were introduced in 2002-03, and Social Studies and Science standards were introduced in 2004-05. The state's current assessment tests are based on these standards.
Research shows that the interrelationship of written, taught and tested curriculum plays an important role in student achievement. If the alignment is not strong, factors such as family income and parents’ education levels loom much larger in student performance, studies suggest.
The standards are incorporated into all CPS professional development, focusing on teaching strategies and assessments.
Cincinnati Public Schools was an early adopter of the new Common Core standards, which CPS began rolling out districtwide in 2012 under its Vision i5 Campaign.