Students are facing a globally competitive 21st-Century environment, so the purpose of Common Core is to provide consistency in curriculum across states and better prepare students for college and careers. The standards are nationally benchmarked and aligned to college and work expectations. This will make our graduates competitive and better prepared for future academic pursuits and careers beyond high school.
CCGPS demands higher rigor, relevance and depth of knowledge. It 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.
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How Are The Common Core Standards Different Than What We Had Before?
Common Core is an attempt to better prepare our students for college and the workforce. They were developed by the National Governors Association for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers with input from researchers, content experts, higher education, business leaders and teachers. The Standards were adopted by Georgia and 45 other states. Georgia adopted them in 2011, and all of our state's public school systems were required to implement them by Fall 2012.
The Common Core changed the standards for English language arts and math only. For science, social studies and technical subjects the standards remained the same, but an additional layer of literacy standards was added for sixth - twelfth grades. Literacy standards are reading and writing skills in those content areas.
Click Here for a chart of what the new Common Core standards expect in English language arts and math, and what students and parents can do to help prepare their children.