Reading/English and Language Arts
Students in grades K through 5 are focused on developing
comprehension strategies that will enable them to manipulate
grade-level texts of appropriate complexity, and communicate
effectively both in writing and in speaking. Students will
begin to anchor their inquiries and responses firmly to the
text, whether literary or informational, using increasingly
specific and relevant evidence to support their claims and
inferences. Students’ analytical skills will extend to
identifying main idea/theme, understanding character and
plot development, and evaluating the impact of word choice.
Additionally, students will identify structural elements in
text such as scenes and chapters, distinguish narrative voice,
understand the impact of aesthetic elements, and make logical
Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet
each year’s grade-specific standards, to retain or further
develop skills and understandings mastered in previous grades,
and to work steadily toward meeting the more general expectations
described by the Standards. Standards are divided
into Foundational Skills, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening,
and Language strands for conceptual clarity.
Click here to access the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Reading and English/Language Arts in Grades K-5
The K-5 standards are organized in the following domains:
counting and cardinality; operations and algebraic thinking;
number and operations in base ten; number and operations –
fractions; measurement and data; and geometry. The domains
vary by grade-level as appropriate; counting and cardinality
is a key domain in kindergarten, while number and operations
– fractions is introduced in third grade.
The grade-by-grade K-5 standards provide students with a
solid foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction,
multiplication, division, fractions and decimals—which taken
together provide students with a strong foundation for learning
and applying more demanding math concepts and procedures, and
for moving into robust applications.
Click here to access the Georgia Standards of Excellence for math in grades K-5
The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for Science were created
using The Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science
Literacy as the core of the curriculum to determine
appropriate content and process skills for students. The GPS
is also aligned to the National Research Council’s National
Science Education Standards.The relationship between science,
our environment, and our everyday world is crucial to
each student’s success and should be emphasized.
This curriculum is intended as a required curriculum that would
show proficiency in science, and instruction should extend
beyond the curriculum to meet student needs. Science consists
of a way of thinking and investigating, as well a growing
body of knowledge about the natural world.
To become literate in science, therefore, students need to
acquire an understanding of both the Characteristics of
Science and its content.
The Georgia Performance Standards for Social Studies were
designed to develop informed Georgia citizens who understand
the history of the United States and our place in an ever
increasing interconnected world. It is essential that students
understand their past and how that past influences the present
day and the future.
Below are several great resources to help you help your child meet grade level standards