The K-12 common core state standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics were released in Georgia on June 2, 2010. With the hailstorm of controversy facing the new common core standards, its implementation in the classrooms was shaky at best. Nevertheless, the adoption of the state’s common core standards sets goals for students to reach by the end of each grade level.
Common Core Standards/Curriculum
The adoption of common core standards does not replace the curriculum of Georgia schools, nor does it attempt to tell teachers how to teach. The standards do, however, let the teachers know what students have to know by the end of the school year. This gives teachers a guideline that will help them plan their instruction and lessons in such a way as to ensure that students are where they need to be at the end of the school year.
If implemented correctly, the common core state standards will help teachers prepare their students for the global world they will be facing upon high school graduation. Teachers will use the same curriculum and will provide the same individualized instruction to their students, while giving them a guideline to follow throughout the year.
Compare Progress with Other States
Because 47 other states have adopted the same state core standards, this move will allow Georgia to compare the progress of its students with students from other states and countries, giving them an idea of where they stand in comparison.
Since so many other states have adopted the core standards, textbook manufacturers will be able to produce one textbook for these schools, instead of having to produce a variety of different texts according to the differing standards of each state. This will cut the cost of textbooks for school districts, thus increasing the districts’ purchasing power. These changes have benefited Georgia’s schools.