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Common Core Update - Reprint from GPPF

January 20, 2014 J

Common Core

Background:

The Common Core State Standards Initiative[1] defines itself as “a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.” Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue co-chaired the initiative for the National Governors Association and the press conference for the national release of the Common Core standards was held in Georgia. The Georgia State Board of Education adopted the Common Core in 2010. Georgia joins 45 states that have adopted the Common Core standards for English language arts and math.[2]

Georgia already had high academic standards in place. In 2004, Georgia adopted the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for all subjects and all grade levels. These standards were universally recognized as a great improvement over the state’s previous standards; both the math and English language arts standards were ranked in the top 10 in the nation by the Fordham Institute.

The adoption of the Common Core in Georgia involved minimal changes compared to states with low academic standards. For example, a 2010 comparison study showed that 81 percent of the Georgia English language arts standards[3] and 90 percent of the Georgia math standards[4] matched the Common Core standards.

Georgia could be negatively affected if it withdraws from Common Core. The Reason Foundation reports: “College entrance exams such as the ACT and the SAT plan to benchmark their tests against Common Core, so even private schools are planning to change their curriculum to align with Common Core.” [Read more here]

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