Proposed New Science And Social Studies Standards Open For Public Comment
The State Board of Education has posted, for a 60-day public comment period, the first Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for science and social studies. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year, following a full year of teacher training.
View a simple overview of the science standards here and the social studies standards here.
To give your feedback on the proposed standards, please go to the following surveys:
-Survey for Feedback of Revised Science Standards
-Survey for Feedback of Revised Social Studies Standards
The standards, if approved, will replace the current Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in science and social studies with the Georgia Standards of Excellence. They were developed based on a formal review and evaluation process which included opportunities for teachers, parents and families, students, business and industry, and community members to participate through surveys and committees. Now, the public will have 60 days to review the proposed standards and provide feedback before the State Board of Education votes on whether to approve them. The formal review and evaluation process included several public survey opportunities. Teacher and stakeholder survey results informed the revision process for drafting K-12 Science and Social Studies Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE). Then, Working Committees representing K-12 Georgia public school teachers, post-secondary staff, parents, and instructional leaders from across the state made revisions to the standards based on survey results.
Advisory Committees representing teachers from the Working Committees, post-secondary staff, business and industry, RESAs, parents, and instructional leaders reviewed the recommendations made by the Working Committees and provided additional suggestions for clarity and change based on feedback and survey recommendations. An Academic Review Committee, consisting of representatives from the K-12 writing and advisory committees, K-12 instructional leaders, post-secondary educators, the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, business and industry, and Department of Education leadership staff, reviewed and finalized the draft revised standards for presentation to the State Board of Education on January 14, 2016, for permission to post for 60 days of public review and comment.
Survey opportunities will close on March 14, 2016, 5:00 P.M. EST.
Drafts of Revised Standards: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Pages/Proposed-Revisions-to-Science-and-Social-Studies-Standards.aspx