Georgia begins its transition to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in fall 2012. These new Georgia curriculum standards are based on a set of common standards that were developed by a group of education leaders from across the country. Forty-nine other states have also adopted the Common Core standards as part of their curriculum.

The standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school fully prepared for college and careers. The standards are:
  • Aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Built upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Evidence- and research-based.

For more information about the CCGPS and the Common Core in general, see these resources:
Georgia Standards CCGPS page:
Common Core State Standards Initiative:
Key Points about English Language Arts:
Key Points about Mathematics:
K-12 Educator Resource for CCGPS in English Language Arts, History, Science, and Technical Subjects:

Common Core and Library Media Programs

The Common Core standards bring a number of changes that will impact library media programs; for example:
  • Students will be expected to read at a significantly higher level by the time they graduate.
  • There will be a greater emphasis on research, problem solving, and higher order thinking, exactly the kind of instruction we promote.
  • There will be a greater emphasis on reading informational text (non-fiction) in language arts.
  • Teachers in social studies, science, and technical subjects will be expected to teach subject-specific literacy skills.
  • History instruction will place more emphasis on primary sources.

For more information about Common Core and Library Media Programs, see these resources:

List of Common Core Sample Texts

PLEASE NOTE: From Appendix B of the CCSSI website regarding example texts and lists
The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list. These are texts illustrating the complexity, quality, and range of student reading K-12 from the Common Core State Standards Initiative website. (The original links for ELA were no longer working, so they have been replaced with links from the GA DOE.)

Here is a list of the example texts, books, novels, etc. that can be used for CCGPS in K-12 from the Common Core State Standards Initiative website.
  • Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks