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What Your NES Student Should Know and Be Able To Do

Georgia's Curriculum

In 2012-2013, Georgia will join several other states around the nation in implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in both English/language arts (K-12) and in mathematics (K-9). The goal of the CCSS is to ensure that students across the nation receive access to a uniform set of instructional expectations which will culminate in a college and career ready experiences as students graduate from high school.

As part of this state-led initiative, Georgia adopted the CCSS and also added concepts from the previous curriculum, creating a new curriculum for these subject areas called the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, or CCGPS.  In adopting these standards, Georgia students and parents will see some skills shift between grade levels.  The more rigorous CCGPS will include informational reading, writing, and speaking opportunities in all subject areas.  Additionally, in mathematics, some information previously taught at higher grades has now been moved to elementary school. 

The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in English/language arts and mathematics and the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in science and social studies are rooted in concepts students should know and skills pupils should be able to demonstrate.  Our McDuffie County fourth and fifth graders are studying a variety of topics in reading/language arts, math, science, and social studies. 

Use the information below to help your child make the most of his/her school experience by reviewing the CCGPS or the GPS.  We invite you to ask questions of our faculty and staff and to visit your child's classrooms as we assist your child in mastering the curriculum.  You can learn more about our curriculum using the links and files below.