When the The U.S. Department of Education granted Georgia’s waiver request to be excused from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, administrators at Atlanta Public Schools and across the state were even more optimistic that their transition to the Common Core Curriculum would improve performance and help students achieve attainable standards.
The NCLB waiver gives the states the freedom to set their own student-achievement goals and design their own interventions for failing schools. In exchange for this flexibility, the department required each of the states to provide a viable alternative to NCLB, which included:
- adopting college- and career-ready standards, setting new targets for improving achievement among all students
- focusing on 15 percent of their most troubled schools
- creating guidelines for teacher evaluations based in part on student performance
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)
The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards were adopted by the state of Georgia in fall 2012. Georgia, like forty-five states across the nation, recognized the importance of having a set of standards that clearly state what all students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level. These standards, shared by so many other states across the nation, give parents, students and teachers a common language and help to ensure that we are all working toward the same goals. The state of Georgia chose to adopt the Common Core standards to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared with the skills that that they will need in college, careers and life.
The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards were written for English, Mathematics and Literacy in History, Science and the Technical Subjects. The Common Core standards outline what students should know and be able to do, but do not specify how teachers should teach, what materials should be used, or what curriculum should be used for instruction. Decisions such as these continue to be made by the state and the district.