The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction Department is to ensure that all students will learn the same core of significant content at a specific instructional level, from teacher to teacher, and school to school.
Our task is to raise student achievement through performance-based instruction that is both rigorous and relevant. The learning goals for Quitman County Schools are based upon the criteria set forth by the State of Georgia by way of the Georgia Performance Standards.
The Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) will be a performance-based assessment. The goal of the assessment program is to provide teachers with information about the level of instructional support needed by individual students entering kindergarten and first grade. GKIDS will allow teachers to assess student performance during instruction, record student performance in an on-line database, and generate customized reports for instructional planning, report cards, and/or parents. Throughout the year, teachers may assess students and record GKIDS data based on their system's curriculum map or report card schedule. At the end of the year, the GKIDS data collection system will automatically generate summary reports and individual student reports based on the data the teacher has entered throughout the year.
Georgia Law mandates that the State Board of Education adopt end-of-course assessments in grades nine through twelve for core subjects to be determined by the State Board of Education. Currently there are eight assessments. Assessments are given in the following courses: Mathematics I: Algebra/Geometry/Statistics, Mathematics II: Geometry/Algebra II/Statistics, United States History, Economics/Business/Free Enterprise, Biology, Physical Science, Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, and American Literature and Composition. Click above or view the EOCT Brochure below to learn more about the tests. Student study guides are also available on the link below for review. For further information regarding EOCT click here.
CRCT Study Guides Available
Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) Study Guides now available for teachers and families to help prepare students in grades one through eight for the 2010 CRCT. These study guides provide an overview of the purpose of the test, preparation tips, and practice quizzes.
CRCT online practice
GHSGT Student Study Guides Available
Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT) Study Guides are now available to help prepare students for the 2011 GHSGT. These study guides provide an overview of the purpose of the test, preparation tips, and practice quizzes. Click here to view study guides.
GaDOE FreeOnline ExPreSS Tutorial Program
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) begin offering a free Online ExPreSS (Exam Preparation for Science and Social Studies) Tutorial Program for High School Students effective February 1, 2010. Online ExPreSS modules are self-paced. For more information, click here or visit Online ExPreSS
Middle School Parent and Student Guide to Mathematics
The manual was written as a resource for middle school parents and students. Contents include a brief explanation of the new math curriculum, ways to study mathematics, math vocabulary, important dates, and parent resources on the Internet.
New CSI MATHEMATICS - Curriculum Support Information
Now available - CSI Mathematics is an online mathematics resource for parents, teachers, and students. Contents include concepts investigated in class, suggestions for activities to explore at home, vocabulary used in the unit, grade-appropriate readings related to the math content, and links to other Web site resources.
GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) are curriculum documents phased in for core content areas over several years beginning in 2005-2006 with English Language Arts in all grades, Science (grades 6 and 7, 9-12) and Math (grade 6). High school Mathematics I Performance Standards began in 2008-2009. Mathematics II (2009-2010), Mathematics III (2010-1011), and Mathematics IV (2011-2012) will complete the performance standards implementation process for core content courses. Georgia Performance standards continue to be developed in other content areas. See http://www.georgiastandards.org/ for more information.
• Subject-specific reviews of the Georgia Performance Standards
Performance Standard: Performance standards identify what students should know, understand, and be able to do. They provide clear performance expectations for assessment, instruction, and student work.
The GPS includes elements, sample student work, suggested tasks, and teacher commentary.
• Elements: Parts of the content standard that identify specific learning goals associated with the standard. They are the specific parts of a content standard that should be learned by all students in a specific grade or course.
• Tasks: Provide a sample performance that demonstrates to teachers what students should know and be able to do by the end of the course.
• Student Work: Student work samples are included in the GPS to specify what it takes to meet the standard and to enable both teachers and students to see what meeting the standard "looks like".
• Teacher Commentary: Enables students to see why they did or did not meet the standard and enables them to take ownership in their learning.
What is Standards-Based Education?
• The focus is on student learning
• Expectations are the same for all students
• Standards are expressed through essential questions and supporting skills and knowledge
• Assessments are used to guide and modify instruction
• The effectiveness of instruction is judged on whether or not students meet the standard.
To receive additional information regarding Georgia Testing and Performance please click here.