Recipients of RT3 grant funds agreed to implement The Common Core State Standards for the school year 2012 - 2013 in the areas of K-12 English/Language Arts and Mathematics. MCSD has been working this past year to prepare the resources and to give teachers of English/Language Arts and Mathematics additional support so that they are prepared in August 2012 to present this challenging curriculum to their students.
The Common Core State Standard Initiative (CCSS) is a state-led process to develop common standards in English language arts and Mathematics for grades K-12 which are internationally benchmarked and aligned to college and work expectations. Georgia has served as a leader in this effort, reviewing standards and providing feedback throughout the process. The State Board of Education adopted the CCSS in July and named Georgia’s curriculum standards the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS).
Georgia educators have begun the work to merge our current K-12 Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) curriculum with the CCSS to produce the CCGPS, which will be fully implemented at all grade levels in 2012-2013. The common standards are well aligned to the GPS. Achieve, a national organization that helped write the CCSS, provided states that have adopted CCSS a tool for alignment between the current curriculum and CCSS. The tool revealed a 90% alignment between our GPS mathematics curriculum and CCSS mathematics, and an 81% alignment between our GPS English language arts curriculum and CCSS English language arts.
Through RT3, the state will provide training to teachers on the CCSS through regional meetings, online webinars and resources, develop new formative and benchmark assessments to provide teachers with critical feedback so they may improve their instruction throughout the course of the school year, and create proficiency-based pathways for Georgia students to waive seat-time requirements and advance upon mastery of subject material.
Professional Learning Webinars
All fall English/Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core GPS Professional Learning webinars and recordings of archived webinars may be accessed through Elluminate Live found at GeorgiaStandards.org.
Professional Learning Georgia Public Broadcasts
Each of the two-hour professional learning sessions will air on GPB from January 25, 2012, through May 9, 2012. These broadcasts will also be available for viewing in the archive broadcasts at the original link http://www.gpb.org/education/common-core
within 24 hours (closed captioning within 72 hours) of the live broadcast.
Mapping the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
Additional work has been done in Muscogee County to prepare our English/Language Arts and Mathematics teachers for this shift in instruction. Many resources and much teacher time has been spent in developing districtwide essential maps to help guide consistent K-12 instruction.