Along with the new learning standards for Ohio that we’ve all been hearing about, Ohio has new academic content standards that will help students with cognitive disabilities make the most of their learning experiences. The Ohio Academic Content Standards-Extended (OACS-E, or “extended standards”) will ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities have many ways to learn and to demonstrate their knowledge. Online professional development modules for teachers are available through the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence.
Teachers will implement the extended standards during the 2012-2013 school year. The standards also will be used to develop an adaptive, performance-based alternate assessment, slated for implementation in spring 2013. For more information about the extended standards or the new alternate assessment, contact Andrew Hinkle, Office for Exceptional Children, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 644-7304.