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Dear Parents, - GeorgiaStandards.org

Dear Parents, - GeorgiaStandards.org

Dear Parents, -

What is access to the Georgia Performance Standards for Students with Significant Cognitive Impairments? The new Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) are Georgia’s curriculum standards for all students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) require access to appropriate grade-level educational standards developed by the state be provided for students with significant cognitive impairments. Access to the GPS can be in the form of objectives in the Individual Education Program (IEP) aligned (matched) with standards in the GPS or in the form of grade-level activities in which the student will practice and use skills and knowledge. Students will be assessed on using these skills as part of their educational program through the Georgia Alternative Assessment (GAA), when required. Providing access to grade-level GPS will be different for each student, based upon individual strengths and needs. Teachers may utilize different types of instructional materials to teach academic content (including pictures, symbols, tactile objects, adapted books, and assistive technology), and students may show understanding using different methods (including using Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) devices to answer questions, matching symbols or tactile objects, using switches to make choices). Other skills important to the student, such as adapted behavior, self-help, communication and motor, will continue to be a part of each student’s IEP and instructional day. Dear Parents, Thank you for all you do as p a rents to guide your childre n’s learning! I am confident that the future of all our childre n will be bright because of yo u r continued support of public education in Ge o r g i a . We are beginning the most extensive i m p rovement in Georgia Education undert a k e n in the last 18 years – the implementation of the Georgia Pe rformance St a n d a rds (GPS). Ou r o b j e c t i ve is to ensure that ALL students, including those with the most significant cognitive impairments, have access to and re c e i ve an education that engages and challenges them. We a re focusing on increasing the number of o p p o rtunities our students have to part i c i p a t e in the GPS on a daily basis. This is not only the l a w, but also effective educational practice. We believe that all students are capable of learning. By providing access to the GPS and academic content, students have the opport u n i- ty to learn and practice important skills in a variety of contexts, performance expectations i n c rease, and students become more active l y i n vo l ved with their schools. It is a great day for education in Ge o r g i a . Like never before, our state is unified behind a mission to lead the nation in increasing student a c h i e vement. Thank you for your support as we continue to raise the bar for our state’s most p recious re s o u rce, our childre n . Kathy Cox , State Superintendent of Schools Implementation Schedule for the Georgia Performance Standards for the 9th - 12th Grade 2005-2006 English Language Arts Science 2007-2008 Social Studies 2008-2009 Mathematics Contact Information 1870 Twin Towers East 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE Atlanta, GA 30334 (404) 656-3963 www.georgiastandards.org "In accordance with State and Federal law, the Georgia Department of Education prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its educational and employment activities. Inquiries regarding the application of these practices may be addressed to the General Counsel of the Georgia Department of Education, 2052 Twin Towers East, Atlanta, Georgia, 30334, (404) 656-2800." ACCESS TO THE GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS 9TH - 12TH GRADE We will lead the nation in improving student achievement. Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools w w w. ga d o e . o rg

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