Contact: Emily Doblinger
Ohio's Learning Standards for World Languages and Cultures (adopted March 2020)
In March 2020, the State Board of Education unanimously adopted Ohio's Learning Standards for World Languages and Cultures. The addition of "Cultures" to the name reflects the essential role of intercultural communicative competence in one's native culture as well as in global cultures. The addition of a literacy strand to the standards reflects how learning another language builds literacy skills in both the target and native language. These standards will go into effect in the 2021-2022 school year, but teachers may begin to use them immediately.
Educators can choose from a variety of configurations of the standards to best fit their learning context and students. The revised standards align to proficiency levels for Novice Low - Advanced Low learners. They also include progress indicators, which serve as optional examples of what learning might look like for modern languages, classical languages, American Sign Language, and elementary or immersion programs.
Resources for Understanding and Implementing Ohio's Learning Standards for World Languages and Cultures
The Northwest Local School District offers instruction in the following languages:
Spanish (Grades 8-12)
French (Grades 9-12)
American Sign Language (Grades 9-12)