Georgia Shines in Report on Common Core Implementation

| March 26, 2014

Ga-Department-of-Education-LogoATLANTA, GA –  Georgia is a leader among several states in implementation of the Common Core, according to a report released last week by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). The report, which tracks progress in 15 states, benchmarked five areas of implementation, identifying “leading states” and “strong states” in each.

“The SREB report acknowledges the great work our staff at the Georgia Department of Education has done to assist schools in the implementation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “The implementation of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards has been embraced by our teachers, and kids are now being challenged at higher levels, which is critical for them to compete for jobs and spots in the colleges of their choice.”

Georgia was named a “leading state,” with the most comprehensive array of resources and materials and the most extensive efforts, in two areas: Teaching Resources and Accountability. Georgia was identified as a “strong state” in Timeline and Approach to Standards, Professional Development, and Teacher and Leader Evaluation.

In its notes on Teaching Resources, the SREB identified Georgia as one of four states studied to offer an extensive array of Common Core-aligned tools to teachers, including sample instructional plans that address all of the standards for an entire school year for all grade levels in English language arts and math. Georgia is also one of 10 states in the study to offer the most extensive Common Core training to teachers, according to the SREB.

In its notes on accountability, the SREB identified Georgia as one of three states in the study with the most extensive set of aligned measures in their general statewide accountability systems. The report placed the spotlight on Georgia’s use of Lexile targets, scores that indicate students’ reading comprehension abilities as they advance through grade levels, as a measure that can provide information on the state’s successful implementation of the Common Core standards.

Georgia is also one of seven states among the 15 measured that administers assessments fully aligned to the Common Core, and is “better prepared than others” to administer assessments online, according to the report. In addition, all 15 states have, are developing, or are acquiring, some formative assessment tools for classroom use, but only six states have “particularly strong resources” already available. Georgia is one of them, the SREB reports.

For more information, and to access a copy of the report, visit

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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  1. RC says:

    Common Core is a disastrous methodology for the educational process! It is my hope and prayer that it will be abandoned. Long story short; it seeks to develop within the student, a relativistic knowledge and educational construct. Instead of having demonstrative educational excellence, you will have students discovering their personal impression of the subject/subjects presented.
    From another personal perspective; anything the well known globalist Bill Gates supports is (as far as I’m concerned), almost always suspect. If he could make virtually all of us “drones”; he would. And yes, he 100% promotes and supports Common Core.

  2. Matt Lemere says:

    Vote out every official this November who wanted common core. Common core is bad for our children, it keeps parents out of the learning process.

    • Teacher says:

      What school are your children attending? We notify our parents about everything we do & have had 5 parent nights & 4 afternoons for parents to come ask questions. Of course they can schedule a conference whenever they need to as well. The only part that needs to be reconsidered is the testing.

      • Matt Lemere says:

        You can hold parent/teacher conferences all you want but common core doesn’t let us in GA choose what to teach our kids. The corrupt politicians in DC get to. Common core was written by big-time lobbiests with NO input from teachers or parents.