On March 25th, 2020, the Ohio House joined the Ohio Senate in voting to cancel state tests for the 2019-20 academic year, and Governor DeWine confirmed his intention to sign this change into law. The Ohio Council for the Social Studies advocacy led on this issue, as evident in the organization' official Board position statement on the issue. OCSS Legislative Liaison, Lucas George, and officers were very active in contacting lawmakers to garner support for the immediate cancellation of these exams to provide one less burden during these difficult times for Ohio's students, families, and educators.
A special thank you for your support as we fought to ensure all of Ohio’s students learn about the world, its people, and issues. Because of your efforts and tireless pursuit to ensure that Ohio’s students receive a world-class education, Governor Kasich has signed HB 367 into law, which includes a provision that requires students to complete 1/2 unit of instruction in world history and civilizations before graduating high school. OCSS would also like to thank the Senator Frank LaRose for sponsoring our original bill and the numerous legislators that supported the World History requirement with their affirmative votes. Again, our campaign to Save World History in Ohio’s Schools would not have been successful without your support!
Governor Kasich signing SB 165 on March 30, 2012.
In compliance with Am. Sub. S.B.165, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has revised and posted syllabi and model curriculum for the high school American History and American Government courses. ODE also has posted the revised model curricula for grades four and eight.
This legislation also requires that not later than July 1, 2013, local boards of education are to adopt interim end-of-course examinations for American history and American government. These interim examinations are to be used until the state end-of-course examinations are selected. Ohio’s end-of-course examinations for American history and American government are to be determined by July 1, 2014.
Below are resources on Am. Sub. S.B. 165. More will be added to assist school districts with the interim end-of-course examinations.
Click this link for the Columbus Dispatch Story.
Click here for a message from the OCA President, Chris Long, about the passage of SB 165.