Welcome to Irwin County Schools!
The Georgia State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards on July 8, 2010. The Common Core Performance Standards were developed by Georgia and 46 other states, the District of Columbia, and US Territories to provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace.
K-12 Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
|English/Language Arts||Mathematics||Reading Standards for Literacy in History, Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects|
K-5 Teaching Guide
|Grade 6||Grades 6-8
6-8 Teaching Guide
|Grades 9-10||Grades 9-12
9-12 Teaching Guide
|Grades 11-12||Grades 11-12|
Understanding Standards-Based Curriculum
What are content standards?
Content standards identify what students are expected to know and be able to do at each grade level in reading, language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, and other academic content areas. For example, when they complete Grade 2, all students should be able to
- Count, read, and write numbers up to 1,000
- Sound out words with ease when reading
The content standards represent an essential core of knowledge and abilities that all students must have to be successful in school and in their adult life. Content standards help teachers decide what to teach at each grade level so that every student is prepared to go to the next grade, and, most importantly, be academically successful throughout school. If we expect every child to meet the same standards, then “no child is left behind.”
Why do we need content standards?
The content standards provide common goals and expectations for student learning across the state. Consistent expectations for teaching and learning provide meaningful information about how students are achieving.
Content standards help ensure that a third grader in one school is learning the same important skills in reading, writing, math, and other academic areas as the third graders in any other school.
Why do parents need to know and understand standards?
With set standards for learning in each subject area and at each grade level, parents have better information about what their child are expected to know and be able to do. With this knowledge, parents are better able to talk with teachers about their child’s abilities, support their child’s learning at home, and understand the results of standardized testing. Parents can request the standards for their child’s academic performance from their teacher(s).
How are standards used in helping students to be academically successful?
Teachers use them to:
- Guide decisions on what and how to teach students
- Coordinate what is taught in different classrooms and from year to year
- Select teaching materials, such as textbooks, so there is a match between what is taught and what students are expected to learn
- Measure student progress
Parents use them to:
- Connect home activities, such as nature walks or even a trip to the grocery store, to content being taught in their child’s classrooms
- Help them in understanding the individual student progress reports sent home each year
- Help them know what questions to ask at teacher–student–parent conferences when teachers talk about learning
|Toll-Free School Safety Hotline
MAKE THE CALL AND STOP VIOLENCE IN YOUR SCHOOL
The 1-877-SAY-STOP toll-free hotline was created by the Georgia Department of Education. Students can anonymously report anyone who has a weapon, has threatened to bring a weapon to school, or has violated any other school safety rules. The hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; after 5 p.m. all calls will be forwarded to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Callers will not be asked to reveal their identities. Make the call; you can make a difference!