APS is Moving to Common Core Georgia Standards
Atlanta Public Schools adopted Common Core Georgia Standards to provide our students with rigorous instructional programs that foster student success in school and life. To ensure that all students have greater opportunities and access to the careers of their choice, we needed an instructional framework that imparts the knowledge and skills most valued by employers and higher education.
Today’s — and tomorrow’s — jobs value postsecondary education and training more than ever. Americans without the requisite knowledge and skills will struggle to access good jobs in the increasingly competitive global economy.
Georgia chose to adopt the K–12 Common Core Georgia Standards to help ensure that all students graduate from high school with the core academic knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, careers and life, for the benefit of their futures and the future of our nation.
What are the Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards are K–12 academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy.
They were developed by states, and states voluntarily choose to adopt them.
They are aligned to the expectations of two- and four-year colleges and have been internationally benchmarked.
The Common Core help ensure comparability across states, districts and schools, mitigating challenges with student and teacher mobility.
Standards are a critical first step in improving America’s education system. They provide the necessary foundation for local decisions around curriculum, assessments and instruction.
Why the Common Core?
To compete in a knowledge-based global economy, we must improve the educational outcomes of our students.
The Common Core will ensure that teachers teach and students learn the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow, including communications skills, perseverance in problem solving, technical reading and writing, literacy across disciplines, and the most important mathematical skills.