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State Board of Education approves revisions to CCGPS standards in ELA and math

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January 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.


“We 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.”


The 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.


“I 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 are necessary.”


As 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.


Note: Some 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.


Supporting Documents

Board Item

ELA Standards with Executive Summary

Mathematics Standards with Executive Summary

Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors Letter of Support

Georgia Association of Educational Leaders Letter of Support

Georgia Chamber of Commerce Letter of Support

Georgia Council of Teachers of English


Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Letter of Support

Georgia Power Letter of Support

Metro Atlanta Chamber Letter of Support

Technical College System of Georgia Letter of Support

University System of Georgia Letter of Support

Pam Smith Memo regarding Public Comment Summary

ELA Final Ratings

ELA Final Comments

Mathematics Final Ratings

Mathematics Final Comments