- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Education officials are asking parents, teachers and other residents to help refine learning standards in the state.

The Ohio Department of Education wants residents to use an online survey to review math and English standards.

The standards were adopted in 2010 as the state moved to Common Core and this is the first time the state has conducted a revision since the standards were put in place. They specify what students should learn at specific grade levels and stipulate what they should know when they finish high school.

“We’re trying to stay away from the Common Core controversy because what we are talking about here is concrete changes to the standards,” said Jim Wright, director of the ODE’s Office of Curriculum and Assessment.

Wright said the process will allow parents “to be involved and know what their students are doing and learning.”

Ohioans can review the standards and offer comments online at education.ohio.gov through April 5.

The revision will assess if the standards are suitable for a particular grade level, provide critical knowledge, lead to higher student achievement and whether or not they prompt schools to teach what’s considered important by colleges and employers.

Officials said suggestions will be reviewed by an advisory committee and any revisions will be posted by next January.

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