What Parents Need to Know
The Georgia Department of Education develops rigorous standards, quality instructional resources, and online professional learning materials that will help teachers prepare students for graduation and post-secondary college and career opportunities. Georgia Performance Standards, the state’s curriculum, defines what students should know and be able to do across all grade levels. This section provides information regarding what students are expected to learn and also provides resources to enhance your child’s learning. If you have specific questions about your child’s curriculum and instruction, please contact AskDOE at 1-800-311-3627 or talk with your student’s teacher or principal.
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
Georgia is currently implementing a new standards-based, world-class curriculum called the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards or CCGPS. The CCGPS outline clear expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and in each core subject. Click above to learn more about the standards
Georgia Performance Standards
The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) provide clear expectations for instruction, assessment, and student work. They define the level of work that demonstrates achievement of the standards, enabling a teacher to know “how good is good enough.” The performance standards isolate and identify the skills needed to use the knowledge and skills to problem-solve, reason, communicate, and make connections with other information. They also tell the teacher how to assess the extent to which the student knows the material or can manipulate and apply the information. Click on the link above to learn more information about the GPS and discover resources necessary to help meet the educational needs of your children.
- English/Language Arts Program
The English Language Arts curriculum is a process designed to introduce students to core concepts that are further developed and expanded as students progress through each grade level. Through the curriculum students learn to integrate the processes of reading, writing, and listening/speaking/viewing in order to effectively communicate and interpret information in a variety of modes. To learn more about the English/Language Arts program and curriculum click above.
- Georgia Reading Resource Center
Literacy is a priority in the state of Georgia and our world-class standards based curriculum offers a “reading across the curriculum” strand to support and meet the needs of content-area teachers. Through state and federally funded grants and programs (K-12), the Georgia Department of Education Reading Unit provides the resources necessary to improve the overall literacy skills of Georgia’s children. To learn more about specific literacy programs in our state click above.
- Lexile Framework for Reading
A Lexile is a measure of a student’s reading skill, indicating the reading difficulty of a book, a newspaper, or other reading material. It is a tool to assist students and their parents and teachers in selecting material that matches their students’ current reading comprehension. A Lexile map provides a sampling of titles matched to appropriate levels of reading ability. Click above to understand how Lexiles can be used to support students and to monitor their progress as they work to become better readers.
- Mathematics Program
Students should experience mathematics as interesting, relevant, and important as a course of study and as a bridge to the real world of jobs and adult responsibilities. This means going beyond memorization into a world of inquiry, reasoning, and problem solving. As part of the CCGPS, schools throughout Georgia began implementing a new mathematics curriculum in 2005 called the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) for Mathematics. Grade 6 was implemented in 2005; K-2 and 7 in 2006; grades 3-5 and 8 in 2007; and grades 9-12 during 2008-2011. For more resources click above.
- Social Studies Program
Social Studies, at the most basic level, is the study of people. Through required courses that include content from history, geography, political science and economics, students are provided with a basic background and the critical thinking skills necessary to become effective and productive citizens. To learn more about the Social Studies Program and curriculum click above.
- Science Program
The Science curriculum in Georgia is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills for proficiency in Science. Relationships between Science, our environment, and our everyday world are crucial to each student’s scientific literacy. To learn more about the Science Program and curriculum click above.
- Health and Physical Education
Physical Education is an integral part of the total education of every child from kindergarten through grade 12. Therefore, every student should have the opportunity to participate in a quality Physical Education Program. It is the role of quality Physical Education Programs to help students develop health-related fitness, physical competence in movement activities, cognitive understanding, and positive attitudes toward physical activity so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles. To learn more about Health and Physical Education Program and curriculum click above.
- Career, Technical and Agricultural Education
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) provides all Georgia students with the opportunity to select at least three sequenced electives in a career pathway, along with recommended academic course work, to prepare them to continue their education at any level or enter the world of work. To learn more about career pathways in the CTAE program click above or view the booklet below.
- Languages and International Education
The global economy of the 21st century requires Georgia students to attain fluency in more than one world language. As part of our goal to lead the nation in improving student achievement, we are working with districts across the state to ensure well articulated, sequential series of proficiency-based study in traditional and critical languages. To learn more about Languages and International Education Programs click above.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
Advanced Placement courses are college-level courses offered by trained high school teachers in the regular high school setting. Typically about one-third of the students in Georgia public high schools are enrolled in AP courses. In May of each year, AP students take the AP exam(s). Students who score at the 3, 4 or 5 level may be able to earn college credit for these courses taken in the high school. To learn more about AP classes offered in Georgia click above.
- Courses and Textbooks
Click above to find detailed information about courses offered by Georgia schools and the textbooks used to teach them.
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