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The Continuous Road to Higher Georgia Standards

Building on the higher standards that were introduced in Georgia is part of the state’s continuous improvement objective. The bottom line will always be the children who fill our classrooms. The above photo was taken on the Georgia Partnership’s 2007 Bus Trip Across Georgia stop at Watkinsville’s Rocky Branch Elementary School. The 2008 Georgia Teacher of the Year Emily Jennette took time to pose with these beaming second graders. These children will be entering the 11th grade this year and finalizing their post-secondary plans.

For the latest stories on higher standards (Common Core) from across the country, visit the Better Standards for a Better Georgia Latest News page.

Although the Georgia Partnership continues to endorse implementation of the higher standards, we believe open dialogue is prudent.  Both support and opposition stories may be found on the Better Standards for a Better Georgia web site (see link above).

Check the left side of this page for general reports, studies and other Common Core/higher standards information.

Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Looking for Common Core/higher standards supporting background?  The Fordham Institute is one of the best information resources.  Information here dates back to 2014:

Information from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute: The Institute is a right of center think tank that believes the implementation of higher standards is the right thing to do.  Their leadership is in the thick of the fight to save the higher standards. Most current posts go top to bottom.

This information provides unique insights into what has been and continues to be a flash point in the pro-con discussion of the higher standards:  Common Core Math in the K-8 Classroom - Results from a National Teacher Survey. (June 23, 2016)

In this U.S. News & World Report story, the Thomas B. Fordham's Robert Pondiscio argues the Common Core has strengthened many states' proficiency standards: Common Core's Surprisingly Deep Roots. (February 29, 2016)

The AJC ran this commentary from Fordham asking how good is Georgia's Milestones assessment test (subscription may be required): We know Georgia's new state tests are harder.  But are they better? (February 22, 2016)

Have we seen progress?  Fordham says, yes! School policies have gotten smarter in the decade after 'No Child left Behind.' (February 12, 2016)

As some states continue to talk about instituting their own version of higher standards, Fordham warns:  Common Core State Standards aren't so easy to replace. (February 2016)

Common Core math continues to cause parental angst.  Fordham says:  Why parents don't need to fear Common Core math. (January 2016)

Many Common Core opponents say it's over for the higher standards. President Mike Petrilli says not true:  A Common Core check-up: Not dead yet. (December 2015)

There has been a big difference in the testing numbers states report and the results of the national NAEP test.  Fordham reports: Thanks to Common Core, most states will finally close the "Honesty Gap." (May 2015)

The Fordham's Mike Petrilli has a few words for the naysayers who say schools are failing because of the new higher standards:  Not meeting standards: A warning sign, not a death sentence. (March 2015)

Here's a bit of a "heavier" look at the Common Core from Fordham:  Moral facts and the Common Core. (March 2015)

Mike Petrilli is frustrated at the opposition to the higher standards being attributed to Republican presidential maybe-candidates.  Here he suggests questions reporters might ask: Nine questions - What does it even mean to oppose the Common Core? (January 2015)

Here's an informative article from Fordham's Mike Petrilli:  A few reflections of the Common Core wars. (July 2014)

This article outlines why conservatives, where much of the opposition resides, should support the Common Core:  Conservatives for Common Core: Why You Should Support It. (October 2014)

Here's a piece written specifically for Georgia audiences.  The message, stay the course! Common Core: Georgia should not retreat now! (September 2014)

Georgia News/Background Informaation

Here are a few media reports dating back to 2013 that provide some insight in the progress of the higher standards implementation in our state.

The Georgia Department of Education offers a variety of information on their web site.

Did state make a mistake by going it alone on tests?  Should we have stuck with national Common Core tests?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 2016)

Georgia!  Stay the course!  That's the message in this Fordham Institute message contained in a Maureen Downey AJC blog: Honesty is best policy as Georgia learns fewer than 40 percent of kids on track in reading, math. (September 2015)

Poll:  Most Georgians support Common Core
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (April 2015)

Critics of Common Core turn their attention to AP History
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (January 2015)

Common Core standards misunderstood
The News - Glynn County (January 2015)

House Study Committee Voices Support for Common Core
Gainesville Times - subscription required (November 2014)

Common Core: Understanding standards vs. curriculum.  The what vs. the how.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 2014)

2014 Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes explains why she supports Common Core
Educators for High Standards (October 2014)

When the Common Core was born back in 2009, Georgia's current governor, Sonny Perdue, was one of the leaders for the new, higher standards.  He believes in them now more than ever.  Read this piece from the Peach Pundit!  Here's another piece from Fox News.

More from former Governor Perdue.  He remains a strong proponent of the Common Core several years after leading fellow governors to adopt the new standards.  Read what he has to say in National Review Online:  The Common Core Blame Game!

Common Core pays price for vagueness: It is getting blamed for all manner of silliness
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey (August 2014) 

Common Core: Right or wrong for our schools? (Pro and Con Discussion)
Sandy Springs Reporter (August 2014)

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's November 12, 2013 Critical Issues Forum focused on the Common Core State Standards/Georgia Performance Standards.  Now, three years later, that Forum still has relevance for effectively explaining why the higher standards are good for the state.
Guest speaker was Mr. Mike Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  A panel discussion offering a variety of perspectives followed. 
View the videotape now.

Here is an article by the Georgia Partnership's Dr. Dana Rickman that appeared in an edition of the Saporta ReportAdopting Common Core Standards makes business sense for Georgia. (June 2013)

James magazine ran an abbreviated Georgia Partnership article in their March/April 2013 edition.  Here is the complete story which includes the Core's background in the state and a teacher's perspective (Georgia's 2011 Teacher of the Year, Pam Williams).

The Georgia Partnership has long admired the work of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in clearly stating the case for the Common Core/higher standards. We have consulted with them on the issues as they are discussed here in Georgia. We were pleased to see this letter that appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which made a strong case why the standards are right for Georgia and why we must stay the course. Read it here. (2013)

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has published its "Background and Analysis of the Common Core State Standards as They Relate to Georgia." (August 2013)