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Update to Ohio's New Science Standards and Teach Common Core Reading Standards for Informational Text

Preview Our New Ohio Science Standards Phase-In Plan

Focus on Ohio Standards provides you with the content and instruction your students need to perform well on the current Ohio Achievement Assessment in Science. In fact, schools in districts who use the program have seen average improved results of 10% or more in test scores. Because your students will not be assessed on Ohio's Revised Science Standards until at least the spring of 2014, you will need the current edition to show continuous improvement for some of your students. Then you will need to transition to the new standards with our update program. Fortunately, you can buy both at a reduced cost.

At FOCUScurriculum, we have identified which current Focus on Ohio Standards books support Ohio's new standards, which books need revision to better align with them, and which brand-new books your students will need. Our plan calls for the phase-in of the new curriculum for some of your students beginning next school year with updated Focus on Ohio Standards content. You’ll be able to cover the old standards and easily phase in the new.

Click on these links to learn more about our New Standards Update Plan

Grades 3-5 Science Plan

Grades 6-8 Science Plan

Please check back for the Social Studies plan.

Teach Informational Text Literacy Skills Required by the Common Core State Standards, Too!

Focus on Ohio Standards provides instruction and practice in important informational text literacy skills required by the Common Core State Standards. Each title is accompanied by four different activities that teach and apply Informational Text Literacy Skills. You will cover science and social studies content AND teach nonfiction literacy skills at the same time.

You Can Be Assured of Having Ohio-Specific Content at Three Different Reading Levels of Instruction

Focus on Ohio Standards was created by an Ohio publisher specifically for Ohio schools. Our books and curriculum support materials are not repackaged, recorrelated material full of instructional gaps.  Focus on Ohio Standards is a series of BRAND NEW reproducible, nonfiction books and instructional support written to meet the specific current Benchmarks and newly revised Ohio Science Content Statements.

Not only are our nonfiction books written for Ohio, each  Focus on Ohio Standards title has three versions—below level, on level, and above level. Finally, you can match instruction to your students' ability levels enabling all students access to Ohio’s required curriculum.

Plus Assessments that Match the Ohio Achievement Assessments

Focus on Ohio Standards on-going assessments match the multiple choice, 2-point, and 4-point response questions students will encounter on the OAA. Students will obtain valuable practice in interpreting action verbs that are key to success on the extended response questions found on test.

Be a Teacher Not a Tester!

Focus on Ohio Standards is not a “test-prep” series. You will not be spending hours “teaching to the test.” However, your students will perform better on the Ohio Achievement Assessment because you will be teaching the concepts and communication skills found on the test. Not only will your students perform better, they will enjoy learning about the fascinating world around them.

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