Second ago, the Georgia Performance Standards became the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards with the unanimous passage of the new standards by the state Board of Education. The vote met with a standing ovation from the audience of educators, teachers and PTA members.
In a general love fest, multiple speakers, including high-achieving teachers, said the standards would increase the rigor and improve the education of Georgia students. (Most impressive was a Catoosa County special ed math teacher Tammy Gibson who had 89 percent of students pass the Math I End of Course Test, outpacing the passage rate of the non special-ed test takers.)
Gibson said she was leery of the new math standards, but eventually realized they worked better for her students, and believes that more teachers will eventually come to value them when they see the improved performance of their students.
The faculty of Georgia colleges have reviewed the Common Core standards and gave them high marks, said Board of Regents chair Willis J. Potts. ”
“I commend you for what you are doing here,” said Potts.”It is a major step helping the state of Georgia graduate not only students from your institutions but from mine.”
In his first official board meeting, interim school Superintendent Brad Bryant talked about the fact that Georgia is already well aligned with the core standards. (A chart showed that 90 percent of Georgia’s math standards are contained within the Common Core.) As a result, Georgia will not have to gut its standards as will be the case in some states.
Instead, Georgia will undergo “precision” review to align the standards.
One of the first tasks will be working with teachers, according to the DOE leaders, to refine what Georgia already has, but to also give them a choice of instructional resources to deliver the standards. “We are going to define the what; they are going to define the how,” said Deputy Superintendent Martha Reichrath.