Statement of Expectations for the new Georgia Curriculum

By the Georgia Board of Education

2/12/04

The Georgia Board of Education expects the new Georgia curriculum to be world-class, beginning with full inclusion of the recognized national standards in each curriculum area, and enhanced by proven curriculum successes both within the state and beyond. We expect the new Georgia curriculum to be in alignment with national assessments.

The Georgia Board of Education expects the new Georgia curriculum to be a document which is embraced by education professionals, respected internationally, and will result in Georgia leading the nation in improving student achievement.

The Georgia Board of Education recognizes our state curriculum as a living document, requiring continuous improvement and professional learning.

The Georgia Board of Education knows that the success of such a curriculum will depend on aggressive support of teachers and local system leaders in its implementation.

Let the word go out that the Georgia Board of Education fully intends to provide this support to educators and seek the funding necessary for its successful implementation.

This is a great sign. I am glad the BOE is recognizing the significance of scientific and educational outrage over the standards. These are the people who have final say over the standards. Perhaps the difference between Georgia and other states in which the BOE tried to scuttle biology education is that our board members are appointed not elected.

Cox now appears to have admitted that she was the one who tinkered with science education. Will she also admit that she intentionally mislead the people of Georgia about the actual changes?

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