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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. 

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards are K–12 academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.

They were developed by states, and states voluntarily choose to adopt them.

They are aligned to the expectations of two- and four-year colleges and have been internationally benchmarked.

The Common Core help ensure comparability across states, districts and schools, mitigating challenges with student and teacher mobility.

Standards are a critical first step in improving America’s education system. They provide the necessary foundation for local decisions around curriculum, assessments and instruction. 

Why the Common Core? 

 

To compete in a knowledge-based global economy, we must improve the educational outcomes of our students. 

Consider:

  • 62% of new jobs available in 2018 will require some postsecondary education. Without a dramatic change of course, U.S. employers will be unable to fill 3 million of these positions. (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce)
  • A 2009 international assessment (PISA) revealed that 15-year-old students from more than 30 countries were outperforming U.S. 15-year-olds in mathematics. More than 25 countries had a higher percentage of students scoring at the highest levels than America, meaning even America’s most advanced math students were outperformed by their international counterparts.

The Common Core will ensure that teachers teach and students learn the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, including communications skills, perseverance in problem solving, technical reading and writing, literacy across disciplines, and the most important mathematical skills.

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