Georgia Common Core Performance Standards

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Georgia has overhauled its educational guidelines to align with Common Core Standards. Read on to learn how the revisions have shaped expectations for English language arts, literacy and mathematics instruction.

Changes to Georgia Standards

The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards were adopted in the 2012-2013 school year. English language arts standards were introduced to grades K-12, while math standards were applied to grades K-9. Literacy standards were approved for social studies, science and technical instruction beginning in 6th grade.

English Language Arts Standards

The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for English language arts outline benchmarks for student achievement in such areas as language, reading comprehension and writing.

Students in grades K-5 work to develop their word recognition and increase reading fluency, while the skills needed to recognize a text's themes and central ideas are the focus of reading instruction in grades 6-12.

Writing standards start in 3rd grade. Students begin by creating informative and narrative texts as well as opinion pieces and, by the time they reach high school, produce multiple-page papers that criticize and support written arguments.

Teachers and parents interested in learning more about these standards can check out the courses offered on These self-paced instructional resources are aligned with Common Core ELA standards for middle and high school. Course options include:

Literacy Standards

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for literacy focus on teaching students to fully comprehend texts presented at their grade level. Students should be able to determine the differences between factual information and speculation or opinions and understand the significance of a text's word choice and structure. Students are also expected to provide proper citation for both primary and secondary sources when compiling papers and to develop a written argument with accurate material and sufficient supporting details. courses aligned with these standards include Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 9-10: Literacy Standards and Common Core History & Social Studies Grades 11-12: Literacy Standards.

Mathematics Standards

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards in math encourage the use of visual aids and demonstrations to help young students gain a basic knowledge of arithmetic properties. In addition to solving problems, students are expected to explain how and why they arrived at their correct answers. Regularity in repeated reasoning is also one of the requirements in Common Core mathematics; an ability to approach the same problem in multiple ways is expected in all grade levels.

To learn what instruction designed to help students meet these math standards might look like, check out the following courses:

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