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Implementing Common Core Standards
Georgia was one of the first states to adopt a set of learning standards called the Common Core. Common Core standards incorporate and build upon the current Georgia Performance Standards that the Georgia Board of Education developed and implemented over the last several years. These standards set public school performance expectations for each subject area in each grade.
By defining the skills and knowledge students are expected to learn and master at each point throughout school and providing clear expectations for each grade, parents and teachers can know when students have successfully completed one grade level and are ready to move on. Common Core standards also make sure that Georgia students are learning the same skills and subjects as students in other states, ensuring that Georgia students receive an education that is comparable to and fully competitive with the education students receive in other states.
Not only will providing a consistent framework across participating states help prepare students for success in college and/or the workplace, but this consistency also ensures that students in all states have enough of the same knowledge in various academic subjects so that they can easily transfer from schools in one state to another.
The state Department of Education believes that support for teachers is essential in effectively implementing these standards. Several professional video learning sessions are available, along with presentations and other resources.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative manages and oversees the national program, and developed the standards with input from teachers, parents, and educational experts from around the country and the world. The initiative was created by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
About the Author
Sunita Kapahi writes about education, public safety, social services, and transportation for GeorgiaGov. She is an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia State University.