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 Curriculum and Instruction

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction supports research-based instructional practices and strategies for differentiated, innovative, and effective teaching and learning based on the State-adopted standards.  Georgia K-12 teachers in collaboration with post-secondary educators, business and industry representatives, parents, and educational agencies and organizations work to develop challenging and relevant standards. Georgia standards are reviewed for revision on a regular cycle to stay current with an ever-changing, fast-paced, and technological global society.  Georgia standards for all content areas, along with sample instructional resources, are available on GeorgiaStandards.Org.

Spring 2016 Update

March 31, 2016 – The State Board of Education has approved the first Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for science, which will be implemented during the 2017-18 school year following a full year of teacher training. The new standards were developed based on public feedback from teachers, parents and families, students, business and industry, and community members, who shared their input through survey opportunities and committee participation. Following that, the standards were posted for a 60-day public comment period, which ran from January 15 to March 14, 2016. View a summary of changes here.

“These standards were developed based on feedback from the public – from teachers, students, parents, business and industry leaders, higher education representatives, and other concerned citizens,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “We are grateful for the thousands of Georgians who took the time to review the proposed standards and share their opinions – they have helped us create appropriate standards with ample time available for teacher training.”  

“The standards review process is intended to give educators, parents, and other stakeholders an opportunity to express their concerns, and changes were made on the basis of their responses,” State Board Chair Mike Royal said. “As a result, these new science standards are a direct response to the needs of Georgia’s students.” 

As part of the process of the review that produced the new standards, science teachers across the state were asked to provide feedback for every single standard and element in their grade level or high school course. The science surveys drew more than 9,000 teachers, with participation from every school district. Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) assisted in development of the survey, and the University System of Georgia provided a third-party analysis of the survey results. 

Students, parents and families, business and industry, and community members were also invited to provide feedback on the existing standards through an additional survey. SEDL, an affiliate of American Institutes for Research, assisted in management of this survey, and Georgia State University provided a third-party analysis of the results.

Survey results were used by practicing Georgia science teachers to guide revisions made to the existing standards. Advisory and academic committees also took part in the revision; these included district-level instructional leaders, parents, and representatives from business and industry, Georgia’s university and technical college systems, nonprofit organizations and other education-related state agencies.

The proposed standards were then posted for 60 days of public comment. Following that period, committee members reconvened to review the survey data and make recommendations by grade level and high school course. During the time public comment was open, the GaDOE received 5,098 responses to the science survey.

A note regarding social studies: the State Board of Education tabled the social studies standards so they could go back to the committee members to discuss some of the modifications/clarifications made after the committee’s vote.

Supporting Documents – Science

Instructional Resources

The purchase and use of instructional resources and materials are decisions made at the local school district and/or school levels. The Department of Education provides sample instructional resources that are aligned to the required standards. Local school districts/schools are responsible for determining the resources and strategies that will be used for instruction in support of their student needs and interests.

English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics

See below for links to the ELA and Mathematics Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) summary of changes for use beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. 
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GAtracs (Georgia Transfer Articulation Cooperative Services)

A partnership of Georgia’s educational organizations whose mission is to make course transfer information available to all Georgia citizens through an Online web portal .

Teacher Certification

Contact the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) regarding teacher certification. The PSC is a separate agency from the Department of Education.
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