Pursuant to Senate Bill 289, the Camden County School System is providing notice regarding online enrollment opportunities for students. Students may enroll in online courses beginning in the 2013-2014 school year to participate in full-time or part-time instructional opportunities as provided by the Georgia Virtual School or enter into a contract with an online provider approved by the school system.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are being implemented in 45 states to establish uniform, education standards in English and math for students in grades K-12. Common Core State Standards were not mandated or developed by the U.S. Department of Education. They are the product of the collaborative efforts of teachers, parents, school administrators, experts and state leaders to improve standards of achievement for students across the country. Common Core State Standards ensure that all students have the same opportunity for academic success.
Common Core State Standards are not curriculum. They are standards for what students should know and be able to do at specific grade levels. Camden County educators decide how standards are presented and met. When using CCSS, teachers will continue to create lessons and tailor instruction to the individual needs of students in their classrooms just as they have with the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).
States voluntarily chose whether or not to adopt CCSS and retain full authority to implement these standards in classrooms. Forty five states, including Georgia, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Activity adopted Common Core State Standards to insure there are clear, consistent standards for students regardless of their state of residence.
Common Core State Standards do not dictate which texts or resources teachers use in classrooms. Just as there is no standard curriculum mandated by CCSS, there are no mandated text books. Teachers and local review committees determine the instructional resources used in classrooms.
Parents are always welcome to share their concerns if they feel resources being used contain inappropriate content. Camden County’s local review committee will convene to reconsider the appropriateness of a resource just as they did prior to the adoption CCSS.
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