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March 19, 2014 – Georgia is a leader among several
states in implementation of the Common Core, according to a report released Wednesday
by the Southern Regional Education Board. The report, which tracks progress in
15 states, benchmarked five areas of implementation, identifying “leading states”
and “strong states” in each.
Georgia was named a
“leading state,” with the most comprehensive array of resources and materials
and the most extensive efforts, in two areas: Teaching Resources and
Accountability. Georgia was identified as a “strong state” in Timeline and
Approach to Standards, Professional Development, and Teacher and Leader
In its notes on
Teaching Resources, the SREB identified Georgia as one of four states studied
to offer an extensive array of Common-Core aligned tools to teachers, including
sample instructional plans that address all of the standards for an entire
school year for all grade levels in English language arts and math. Georgia is
also one of 10 states in the study to offer the most extensive Common Core
training to teachers, according to the SREB.
In its notes on
accountability, the SREB identified Georgia as one of three states in the study
with the most extensive set of aligned measures in their general statewide
accountability systems. The report placed the spotlight on Georgia’s use of
Lexile targets, scores that indicate a students’ reading comprehension abilities
as they advance through grade levels, as a measure that can provide information
on the state’s successful implementation of the Common Core standards.
Georgia is also one of
seven states among the 15 measured that administers assessments fully aligned
to the Common Core, and is “better prepared than others” to administer
assessments online, according to the report. In addition, all 15 states have,
are developing, or are acquiring, some formative assessment tools for classroom
use, but only six states have “particularly strong resources” already
available. Georgia is one of them, the SREB reports.
For more information, and
to access a copy of the report, click here.