Georgia's educational system has been listed among the nation's worst, but a new report says the Peach State is one of the best when defining what's expected from students.
Local educators say it’s a good reflection that Georgia is headed in the right direction.
When students hit the books in Georgia, they have a great understanding of what's expected to do well. That's according to a national report by the Thomas Fordham Foundation.
Karen May, a second grade teacher, says, "I think it’s very important when a child walks into a classroom to know what is expected of them and if the teachers are well trained, then the students are going to have the opportunity to learn."
Sharon Cunningham, Assistant Principal at Brooks High, says, "We've been working on curriculum standards for many years. All of our teachers share with our students what's expected in the class and how they will be graded. We have uniformity across the school, so students know what to do."
While teachers around south Georgia say they're thrilled with this news, students said they're not very surprised because these types of expectations helped pave the way for a great educational opportunity.
Celia Davis, a high school senior, says, "Each year we get a syllabus that has what you're supposed to learn that year. You're expected to handle your own schedule better, so they give us a list of everything that you would have to do and when it’s due."
Meaning teachers and students are one the same page concerning the curriculum, a situation that has won recognition for the Peach State.
While Georgia scored "Bs" in both English and math, researchers say Florida still has some ground to make up.