Educators have now settled on a policy they say contains more details about how well kids are expected to read and write by the end of each grade level and teachers have high hopes that the new curriculum will help students with state test scores.
Georgia's fourth graders scored less than 41 percent in a state reading survey. That lack of success many teachers say is the reason for a new state curriculum.
Sharon Flythe, Director of Teaching and Learning, said, “our curriculum lacked the depth for our students and it would take about 23 years to cover the topic that was in the curriculum. Therefore the state launched a massive revision and now we have the Georgia performing standards.”
The new standards include helping students and parents understand what a child must be able to do at the beginning of each grade level. Thom Halloman, elementary school teacher, said, “I know with second graders there are things like a profile that gives a list of a particular student might perform at. I know there are things like expectations where that grade level for that student.”
The new state curriculum is the result of months of work, but educators say it’s a policy that should put Georgia education back on track.
The new curriculum will go into affect next year.