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February 2013
Georgia Students
Georgia's Future. Now! 
is a package of initiatives that has withstood the scrutiny of teachers, principals and research.  It features high standards, evaluation and accountability measures focused on improvement, and career pathways to inspire students based on their personal interests and aligned with business needs.
Georgia's Future. Now! means: 

Common Core GPS
Why the need for a Measuring Stick? 
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)

Georgia has joined 44 other states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), and 2 territories, along with the Department of Defense Education Activity, in formally adopting a set of core standards for kindergarten through high school in English language arts, mathematics, and grades 6-12 literacy in science, history/social studies, and technical subjects. The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace.

More on Common Core Georgia Performance Standards  HERE

Teacher Keys Effectiveness System
Who has the KEYS?
Educator Keys: Teacher and Leader

The research confirms what every parent already knows: an effective teacher can make all the difference in the life of a child. In January 2012, the New York Times reported on a study that followed 2.5 million students over 20 years. Its findings were shocking: replacing a poor teacher with even an average teacher would raise a single classroom's lifetime earnings by about $266,000. This study is just one of many that have repeatedly quantified that effective teachers create positive impacts for students and that using student growth to measure teacher quality is a vital measure.
More on Teacher and Leader Effectiveness  HERE
College and Career
Are We There Yet?
A Path for the Ready Graduate

At a time when many college graduates are struggling to find jobs, employers in many fields are struggling to find capable workers.  College and Career Ready will align offerings with high-demand areas and reward graduates with high-paying jobs. Parents will notice their children have a sense of direction, focus, and eagerness to attend school.


Result: A graduate ready for college, career or a job.


Georgia's Career Pathways


College and Career Ready Performance Index



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