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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Jill Sims
Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 228

Dr. John Waller
Director, Secondary Curriculum and Special Programs
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 274

Elizabeth Ogletree
Director, Elementary Curriculum and Special Programs
250 Howard Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: (770) 422-3500, ext. 294

Common Core
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Georgia Schools Roll Out Common Core Standards

MCS Common Core StandardsThis year, Marietta City Schools (MCS) and all Georgia public schools are implementing a set of learning standards called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Georgia is one of 45 states that have agreed to adopt the standards. Learn more about how these new standards will better prepare MCS students for future college and career choices. Listen to WABE 90.1 FM newscast about CCCS at Marietta Center for Advanced Academics.
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The Common Core standards are in full swing at schools like the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics.

Common Core State Standards

Georgia has joined with more than 40 other states and territories to develop a set of core standards for K-12 in English language arts and mathematics. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. A Parents' Guide to Student Success in Common Core is available at http://www.pta.org/4446.htm.

About the Georgia Performance Standards

Performance Standards

Performance standards identify what students should know, understand, and be able to do. They provide clear performance expectations for assessment, instruction, and student work. With the implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), Marietta City Schools will administer GPS benchmark tests that directly correlate to the Georgia Performance Standards. For more information regarding GPS, visit www.georgiastandards.org

The GPS includes elements, sample student work, suggested tasks, and teacher commentary.

  • Elements: Parts of the content standard that identify specific learning goals associated with the standard. They are the specific parts of a content standard that should be learned by all students in a specific grade or course.
  • Tasks: Provide a sample performance that demonstrates to teachers what students should know and be able to do by the end of the course.
  • Student Work: Student work samples are included in the GPS to specify what it takes to meet the standard and to enable both teachers and students to see what meeting the standard “looks like”.
  • Teacher Commentary: Enables students to see why they did or did not meet the standard and enables them to take ownership in their learning.

What is Standards-Based Education?

  • The focus is on student learning
  • Expectations are the same for all students
  • Standards are expressed through essential questions and supporting skills and knowledge
  • Assessments are used to guide and modify instruction
  • The effectiveness of instruction is judged on whether or not students meet the standard

How?

How will the Common Core affect education and the work place?

  • Common Core State Standards will bring consistency in expectations for education in all of the 48 states that have adopted them.
  • They will ensure rigorous knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and/or careers will be taught.
  • They frame relevant content and the actual application of knowledge through high-order, critical thinking skills.
  • Educators will have a clear, consistent, and focused set of expectations to guide them in working collaboratively with students and parents toward shared goals.

How can I access more information on the Common Core?

Common Core Informational Web sites:

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards Brochure
Common Core in English Language Arts (ELA)
Common Core in Math
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
Common Core Myths & Facts
Common Core Standards App Information
National PTA Common Core State Standards Initiative Overview
National PTA Common Core State Standards Initiative Overview (Español)
Common Core State Standards Initiative Video with Spanish Subtitles

Where?

Where will the Common Core Standards be implemented?

Forty eight states voluntarily selected to implement the Common Core State Standards.

Where can the Common Core State Standards and Common Core Georgia Performance Standards be viewed?

Common Core State Standards Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies and Technical Subjects English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies and Technical Subjects
Mathematics Mathematics:
K-5       6-8       9-12

Who?

Who created the Common Core Standards?

The National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers led the Common Core Standards Initiative.

The Common Core Standards were developed by educators and experts.

Prominent state and national educational organizations provided feedback on the Common Core Standards during the development process, including International Reading Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Every state had its own procedures for developing, adopting, and implementing the Common Core Standards curriculum.

Who will be affected?

  • Students grades K-12
  • Educators for grades K-12

What?

What is the Mission of the Common Core Standards?

According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative website, the mission of The Common Core State Standards is to "…provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."

What are the Common Core Standards?

Educational standards provide clear goals for student learning and guide educators in determining the knowledge and skills their students should have so that the best lessons, assessments, and environments can be developed.

What subject areas will the Common Core Standards address?

Reading, Language Arts, and Math for grades K-5. Science and Social Studies will be addressed through the Reading and Language Arts in an integrated approach.

Reading, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects will be addressed for grades 6-12.

When?

When will the Common Core Standards be implemented?

Timeline
June 2010 - Common Core State Standards Released
July 2010 - Adopted by State Board of Education
2010-2011 - Communication and Administrator Training
2011-2012 - Teacher Training
2012-2013 - Classroom Implementation
2014-2015 - Projected Date for Common Assessment

When will the assessments for the Common Core be implemented?

2014-2015 - Projected Date for Common Assessment

Why?

Why are we implementing the Common Core State Standards?

Standards ensure that all students are prepared for success in college and/or careers regardless of what state they are in school. They set a consistent high quality of education bar. Also, continuity for students and educators that may move from one state to another will be attained. They also provide more opportunity for educators to collaborate about best practices to better serve the students.