The files on this page allow you to view the Science Content Standards in three different layouts: organized by standard, organized by grade level and with the benchmarks and indicators aligned. They also contain introductory sections, instructional commentary, a glossary and a resource list.
This page contains the standards in three different document formats: PDF, Rich Text (RTF) and XML; which allow a variety of users to access, sort and repurpose the Science Academic Content Standards. While each format contains the same content, all three have very different purposes and user groups. The descriptions detail each type of document to help you decide which type most closely fit your needs.
The PDF file is most convenient to use when you are simply reading the document on your computer or printing the pages. This document type including the format, pagination and graphics corresponds directly to the print documents which were mailed to the schools in the spring of 2003. In order to open and view the PDF files you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. One other note, unless you have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer, you will not be able to edit or copy the document. If you need to download the reader, please visit Adobe:
Academic Content Standards (PDF)- Adopted by State Board of Education 12-11-01
This version of the Academic Content Standards document appears as separate files for each particular section of the document. These files may be used in conjunction with a variety of word-processing applications including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Note Pad, WordPad, etc. These files are provided for those who wish to cut/paste or edit the content for their own documents/uses such as lesson plans or curriculum documents. As noted above the content is exactly the same as the PDF file. There may be some differences in formatting and pagination depending on the word-processing application being used. In addition some graphics have been omitted in order to limit the size of the document and thus the amount of memory required to open the files.
Individual Sections of the Science Standards Document
Science Foreword (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Overview (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Structure and Format (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Philosophy and Principles (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Benchmarks by Standard (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Indicators by Standard (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Benchmarks and Indicators by Grade Level (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Alignment (Microsoft Word Document)
Foundations of Science Education (Microsoft Word Document)
Making Science Connections Across Standards (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Program Planning (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Planning for Instruction (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Role of Assessment (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Role of Technology (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Making Real World Connections (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Glossary (Microsoft Word Document)
Science Resources (Microsoft Word Document)
The XML files and corresponding DTD are provided for those who are planning to or already have an educational management system in place. The information in these files is intended to be used by information technology professionals. As such XML files are not suitable for viewing, copying/pasting or printing.
Contained within each of these files are the standards, benchmarks and indicators in an aligned order for that particular content area. Each element contained within the XML file has been "tagged" with a system of unique character strings commonly referred to as the Ohio Standard Identifier Code (OSIC). The corresponding OSIC document contained within the XML folder details how the OSIC is made up of up to eight string character sections that describe a path from general (content area) to specific (indicator).
Standards, Benchmarks, and Indicators XML file
To download the Composite English Language Arts XML document, right click on the link below and choose, "Save As."
Composite Science (XML Document - 714 KB) DTD File - Updated 5/21/03
Ohio Standard Identifier Code (PDF) - Version 1.2 Updated 6/30/03
Please be advised these documents vary in size, as such download times will vary