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For Immediate Release
October 22, 2009
Ohio is 14th State to Join the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
States Serving more than 12 Million Students, Demonstrate Commitment to Ensuring World-class content and World-class Skills

Chicago, IL - October 22, 2009 — The state of Ohio joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the leading national advocacy organization focused on integrating 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills, into core subjects.

In total, 14 states, which educate over 12 million students or 25 percent of the United States K-12 enrollment, are now members of P21's State Leadership Initiative, a multi-state coalition aimed at creating rigorous education systems.

In becoming a Leadership State, Ohio has committed to, within the next three years, ensuring every educator participates in at least one significant professional development program focused on integrating 21st century skills into content; updating state standards to reflect a combination of skills and content; and developing and introducing one significant assessment of 21st century skills.

"Ohio's designation as a Leadership State, coupled with our state’s new education plan, will ensure that 21st century learning is infused into our classrooms and curricula. Ohio is committed to providing every student with the skills and knowledge that will help them succeed after graduation in a fast-moving world where jobs are constantly advancing," said Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. "It's no secret that companies look for new employees who are innovative, think critically, and know how to solve complex problems. In Ohio, we're preparing our students for the cutting-edge jobs of the modern economy."

Joining the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is the continuation of Amended Sub House Bill 1, which passed in July, 2009. The bill aims to:

  • Establish a framework to develop student-centered, collaborative, professional, and innovative learning environments;
  • Benchmark Ohio students against their domestic and international peers; and
  • Prepare and support educators to ensure students thrive in today’s world.

To that end, and as part of their work with P21, Ohio will review and revise pre-K-12 academic content standards and benchmark them to world-leading standards; revise and align teacher standards to the new content standards; ensure instruction prepares students for postsecondary success; and develop a new system of student assessments that employs multiple measures that go beyond what is measured in traditional assessments.

"It is important that states recognize that they are not just competing locally, but globally," said Ken Kay, president of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. "Ohio's application is further evidence of the increased importance of benchmarking assessments to international tests that measure critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication skills, and other skills. While this work has only just begun, it is a vital first step."

Along with Governor Strickland and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah Delisle, the initiative is supported by ranking members of Ohio's House and Senate Education Committees, the state Board of Education of Ohio, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Federation of Teachers, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Administrators, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, netTrekker, the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and others.

In addition, Ohio has committed to est

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