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15, 2015 – The
State Board of Education has approved revisions to the Common Core Georgia
Performance Standards (CCGPS) in English Language arts and math. Those
standards were posted for a 60-day public comment period on November 12, 2014.
have taken care to hear the concerns of educators, parents, and other
stakeholders, and to make changes on the basis of that feedback,” State Board
Chair Helen Rice said. “These revisions ensure that our standards are
responsive to the needs of Georgia students and educators.”
standards were revised based on a formal review and evaluation process, as
directed by an executive order from Governor Nathan Deal. That process included
several survey opportunities, along with legislative and State Board of
Education listening sessions. Finally, the public was invited to comment on the
proposed revisions for 60 days following their proposal by the State Board.
am committed to ensuring the very best standards for our students, and the
Governor and State Board of Education share that goal,” State School
Superintendent Richard Woods said. “The proposed revisions are a step in that
direction. However, we must retain the authority to
make changes to the standards, which we will do when educators tell us changes
part of the review process, survey feedback was collected and analyzed by the
University System of Georgia. A working committee representing Georgia public
school teachers, post-secondary staff, parents, and instructional leaders made
revisions to the standards based on public feedback and recommendations from
survey results for standards with less than 90 percent approval. ELA and
Mathematics Advisory Committees then reviewed the recommended changes and
provided additional suggestions based on public feedback. Members of the public
were then invited to comment on the proposed revisions for 60 days.
survey respondents, as well as the Academic Review Committee, felt that certain
standards needed to also be emphasized in the teacher guidance documents
developed by the Department of Education for each grade/course and subject.
Some of the recommendations to be emphasized in Guidance and Professional
Learning include: phonics instruction; cursive writing; literature and
informational text; traditional computing methods; and the memorization of
addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.