Common Core Standards: State DOE will offer a preview today

School chief John Barge

School chief John Barge

Folks, I am on vacation this week as my oldest gets married Saturday — an outdoor wedding so forgive my hopes for sunshine rather than the much-needed rain — so I am short on time to post to the blog.

But I thought this was worth sharing from DOE:

Today, state School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and Georgia Department of Education staff will host a telecast to discuss the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

This broadcast will be aired via video streaming from Georgia Public Broadcasting at 3:00-4:00 p.m. and will be replayed at 4:00-5:00 p.m. The orientation session will provide an overview about the new Georgia standards, which students will begin learning in the 2012-2013 school year.

“Georgia has joined with 44 other states to develop a set of core standards for K-12 in English Language Arts and Mathematics,” said Superintendent Barge. “We believe these common standards will provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and the 21st century workplace. We’re glad we can partner with GPB to offer this broadcast and additional broadcasts in a convenient format for Georgia’s teachers.”

The GaDOE will use this initial telecast to roll-out professional learning for kindergarten through high school teachers in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA), Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, Technical Subjects, and Mathematics. Additional professional learning sessions by grade level will be aired via live video streaming from GPB from January through May 2012.

The view the telecast and the complete schedule, click here. The archived session can be found at the same link. Today’s broadcast and additional broadcasts will be recorded, edited for closed captioning, and made available in the archives a few days after their initial airing.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

29 comments Add your comment

JohnsCreek Mom

September 21st, 2011
11:49 am

WOW! Congratulations Maureen! Go enjoy this special time with your family. I’m sure we will find enough going on in the blogesphere to keep us entertained. I’ll pray for sunshine and clear skies for you.

k teacher

September 21st, 2011
12:05 pm

I’ve only been teaching since 2006 starting at VSU in 2001 working towards my teaching degree. We were doing QCC’s then. Then came GPS, and now CCGPS. This is why education is going downhill so fast. The newest fad or craze constantly changing report cards, how standards are expected to be presented, how Professional Learning has to be presented. We can’t get a handle on one thing it seems before something new comes down the pike. A new state administration, they want to put their stamp on things. A new county BOE, they want to shake things up. Another presidential election, another stab at how they want to put their mark on education. Too many people having to fill too many file cabinets to show they are “earning their pay” and are “relevant.”

Why can’t we just teach?!?

Maureen Downey

September 21st, 2011
12:06 pm

@Johns, Thanks. My daughter checks the weather every five minutes, but Saturday is holding strong to zero chance of rain.

Inman Park Boy

September 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

Have a great week! We’ll miss your work.

Good Mother

September 21st, 2011
12:13 pm

I like this idea, that 44 states will have the same standards. If we have the same standards we can more easily compare results and perhaps provide a better education for all students, regardless of the state they live in.

Really amazed

September 21st, 2011
12:20 pm

@Good Mother, only if we have the SAME end of year standard test for those 44 states doing CCC, not CRCT for GA etc. Same national standard for ALL to truly compare what ALL 44 states did compared to each other. I would like to know the states that are not going to common core. If MASS doesn’t then I just as well kick this one to the curb too!

Really amazed

September 21st, 2011
12:21 pm

Maureen, congrats on your daughter’s wedding!! I am sure it will be beautiful.

Dr. Proud Black Man

September 21st, 2011
12:22 pm

Congratulations to your daughter and you!


September 21st, 2011
12:26 pm

Will they be “differentiating instruction” so that they can meet the different “learning modalities” of their audience?

Just as I thought…

book lady

September 21st, 2011
12:37 pm

@Really amazed, two different consortia of states are working on developing the next generation assessments (both received hefty grants from the US DOE) that are to be administered for the first time in 2014-2015. Mass did adopt the CCSS. The states that have not yet are TX, VA, AL, MT, and NE (MN adopted on the ELA standards, not the math standards).


September 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Maureen, forget the blog for a few days and enjoy the time leading up to your daughter’s wedding. Congratulations to all on what should be a joyous occassion, rain or shine.


September 21st, 2011
1:11 pm

Got to love a ’sit and get’ to tell teachers how to teach without resorting to “sitting and getting’. LOL


September 21st, 2011
1:15 pm

A statewide ’sit and get’ at that!

Many blessing on your daughter’s wedding!

Dr. Monica Henson

September 21st, 2011
1:24 pm

Congratulations on the wedding and I’ll pray for clear, sunny skies! Thanks for all you do to publicize education issues.


September 21st, 2011
2:05 pm

@ k teacher,

But what are you going to teach? These standards simply specify what we are expecting students to understand, i.e., what to be taught. Teachers shoule never be the only person to decide what he or she should teach in his/her classroom. That decision is NOT the teachers’.

@Good Mother, really amazed, and book lady,

I think some people consider the CCSS is simply a stepping stone for a (almost) national test – don’t we have enough standardized tests? Why do we compare Georgia to North Dakota, for example? What exactly are we going to gain out of such a comparison. This sure reminds me of the common cliche about fattening a pig by constantly weighing it over and over.


September 21st, 2011
2:15 pm

It is already online – so much for live :-)


September 21st, 2011
3:14 pm

Nothing is happening….

Typical GADOE cluster%#}\

Really amazed

September 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

I am worried that once the new standards are in FULL swing, GDOE will change standards once again. This is the third time since 2006. Very confusing to teachers as well as students.

it all depends

September 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

@ Really amazed,

Well, it’s kind of like “he is hitting safely in 15 of last 18 games.” Maybe if you go back 30 games, he is still hitting only safely in 15 of last 30 games.

How long was the QCC in place before it was changed in 2006? Yes, it is unfortunate (for some, maybe not soon enough for others) that the GPS had to be changed so quickly. However, if we go in the CCSS direction, it won’t be just the GA DOE who will be deciding to change. I imagine the changes will (and should) happen every 10 years or so.


September 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

Yeah, we sat around the media center for 20 minutes trying to get on the website so we could have staff training on this. Since everybody in the state was trying to do the same thing, and of course our technology is from last century – we finally were told to go back to our rooms. Typical!


September 21st, 2011
5:12 pm

The problem with this and other output from the Good Idea Factory, is that NO ONE is asking teachers.

If they did, they would find that many of Georgia’s standards in the GPS were more than good enough and switching to the Bill Gates-funded Common Core was not necessary. That means the money Georgia will have to expend to update tests is an unnecessary expense.

Education has been cut to the bone, where is this money going to come from?

And yes, it is confusing to teachers and students. Completely unnecessary and counterproductive.

No silver bullet here.

Teacher Reader

September 21st, 2011
6:17 pm

The Common Core Standards are NOT the magical panacea that the government wants parents to believe. They are a way for the government to have more control over education and for companies to make more money and guide what the children of America will and will not learn.

I continue to say that I learned more in elementary school in the 1980’s than I am able to teach, or any teacher is able to teach currently. As teachers are only able to teach the standard, and not the entire subject or information that goes with it.

Standards were developed by the government as a way to control the education of our children, and have dumbed down what is taught. The Core Standards are not going to raise education standards for any child, they weren’t really intended to do that.


September 21st, 2011
6:58 pm

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Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

September 21st, 2011
9:23 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to your daughter, her mother and her fiance.

PRAY for clear skies for the wedding and clear sailing for the reforms which Dr. Barge and his team are implementing at the GDOE.

By the way, REMEMBER, John, that the tonsorially-challenged duo you met at the last GPEE quarterly get-together still HAS YOUR BACK. And one has copied your “do.”

the prof

September 22nd, 2011
8:43 am


Joy in Teaching

September 22nd, 2011
9:54 am

@ Martina You are lucky that you got to leave after 20 minutes. The entire faculty at my school were told that we need to go to this “mandated professional learning opportunity” that was being shown in different locations around the school. I sat there for 40 minutes watching the “crash” that happens when everyone tries to log in at once and finally left to go grade papers in my room. One teacher said, “Maybe it will clear up in a bit.” I was nice, but wanted to be oh so sarcastic.

When I got home around 6:30 from school, I told my husband about it. My poor husband who is not technology savvy whatsoever said, “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out if thousands of people are logging in to view a live online show at the same time that the site will crash.”

Yeppers. That’s our tax money going to pay the salary of those who make the big bucks and who couldn’t figure that out.

Now I get to watch it on my own time instead of working on lesson plans, grading papers, emailing parents, or tutoring students. If I am lucky, I may get to leave school tonight before the custodian kicks me out at 6:30. I’m thinking about taking a personal day next week just to grade essays.

And people wonder why teachers hate the State BOE and administrators. They make decisions without actually thinking them through and then teachers get to fix their screw ups and get all the criticism.

Dr. Monica Henson

September 23rd, 2011
7:13 pm

I don’t understand all the gnashing of teeth over “new” standards, whether it was QCC, GPS, or CCGPS. I understand that defining social studies standards in any state can provoke a political slugfest, and different states have different requirements for state history. Biology can be a battleground over evolution versus intelligent design. Nevertheless, the fundamental information and skills that students should know and be able to do don’t really change with each new iteration, nor do they differ substantially from state to state.

For example, in English Language Arts, all students in high school need to be able to define similes and metaphors and identify examples of each, and highly skilled students should be able to distinguish between the two. As a middle and high school teacher of English, I always made sure that all of my kids could do this. Being able to define, identify, and employ more esoteric figurative language, such as metonymy and synecdoche, I would reserve for the most advanced students in a heterogeneously grouped middle grades classroom, or for an honors-level high school course. My job as a public school teacher was to know my state’s curriculum framework (I taught in Georgia, Massachusetts, and North Carolina), identify the essential knowledge and skills, teach all students to those standards, and teach the highest-level students to the more arcane standards. That remains, in a nutshell, the job of any public school teacher. It doesn’t matter to an accomplished teacher what the standards are called, whether they are rearranged from time to time, etc.

This seriously is not rocket science. Accomplished teachers of any subject area or grade level ought to have sense enough to be able to read the state standards, identify the “power standards” that all kids in a grade level MUST master, and then supplement instruction with additional standards as time permits and student progress calls for.


September 23rd, 2011
11:06 pm

Could you possibly, look at standards in much neglected science and social studies? My granddaughter spends the ENTIRE morning in 2nd grade on literacy. Social studies and science combined get a total of 5 hours a week. Reading isn’t everything, and you CAN combine literacy into social studies and science (if you try)(but intertwining literacy into other content areas can be tricky and a challenge for the teacher). Kids need to explore their world. She already tells me she is ‘not a science girl’. When I ask what she is learning in science, she replies “we have computer this week.’ OK, she might be having a blonde moment, or she really isn’t getting a good solid science education. Shame on the education policy makers. We are new to Georgia, and are sadly disappointed in her education. We researched, and this was the top public school in the district. Should we be glad? or ……..?

Struggling Teacher but Proud

September 25th, 2011
10:03 am

Any teacher who was forced to endure the webinar on Wednesday from the GA DOE needs to compensated for the hour of their life that was wasted. Teachers should not have to be patronized, demeaned, and have their intelligence insulted by such ridiculous mandated meetings. I love my chosen career and I loathe what others are trying to do to it. I am tired of the upper tier of educators justifying their jobs on the backs of those who really do the true grunt work in education. I am a teacher! I am not a public servant! I am not in the classroom to justify the jobs and positions of the GA DOE. Preview of Common Core Standards? No! Preview of more moronic mandates from those who still have no clue of what a real teacher needs to return the classroom into what it needs to be: a learning environment that challenges its students every semester. No two semesters are alike; no two classes are alike. Allow the hired educated teacher in the room to make the decisions as to what the unique class in front of him needs to achieve. How can that webinar attract or keep good teachers? It was an insulting experience to say the least!