Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
Georgia and 46 other states and territories have joined together to develop common curriculum standards for kindergarten through twelfth grade in the areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, and literacy standards for science, history/social students and technical subjects for sixth through twelfth grades. The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) adopted these Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in July 2011.
Georgia’s Performance Standards (GPS) are now known as the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards . All boards of education are required to implement these standards this fall because new state assessments of school systems will be based on these CCGPS standards.
The purpose of these new standards is to provide consistency in curriculum across states and better prepare students for college and the workplace. According to the Georgia DOE, the CCSS will offer American students “the opportunity to meet the academic standards set by top-performing countries.” The standards are internationally benchmarked and aligned to college and work expectations.
CCGPS demands higher rigor, relevance and depth of knowledge. CCGPS places emphasis in four major areas: college and career readiness; increased text complexity with a focus on informational and technical texts; problem-based learning; and new student assessments.
In grades one through eight, academically advanced students are eligible for the gifted program's QUEST classes. Accelerated high school students can take Advanced Placement classes or dual-enrollment college and university classes through the ACCEL Program . Guidance counselors have more information about these programs.
Our comprehensive special education program offers eligible students all services outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Types of services offered include collaborative and inclusion classes, pullout resource classes and self-contained classes. Our staff includes certified speech therapists and occupational therapists.