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Proposed High School English and Mathematics Standards

On November 3, 2016, the SBOE approved the posting of the proposed standards for Post-Secondary Options (PSO) English and Post-Secondary Options (PSO) Mathematics. The proposed PSO English and PSO Mathematics courses were written and submitted by a Georgia school district and are designed to provide increased flexibility for core English and mathematics courses leading to a high school diploma. If approved, PSO English would be a core English course serving as a substitute for American Literature and Composition; PSO Mathematics would be a core mathematics course serving as a substitute for either Analytic Geometry/Geometry or Advanced Algebra/Algebra II. If approved, these courses would be included on the list of state-funded courses beginning in 2016-2017 and will be available for all Georgia school districts for students who entered ninth grade in 2008-2009 or subsequent years.

Drafts of the proposed course standards and surveys for feedback are available for public review and comment from November 4, 2016, until Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

News from NCTM...

NCTM has been busy -- there are regional conferences coming up in October, the 2017 Innov8 Conference, upcoming Annual Meetings, A Centennial Conference, an election, a new Principles to Actions Toolkit, and much, much more.. Read all about it...

Education Listening Session (in Dublin)

There will be an Education Listening Session on Tuesday, September 13th, sponsored by the House Education Committee. Topics to be discussed include the following:

  • With a major emphasis related to the Governor's Ed Reform Commission and concerning the education community on the teaching of reading (K-3) and Math (K-5), we are interested in how both subjects are being taught. (Specifically: best practices, barriers, and other suggestions)
  • How can the state improve Teacher/Leader evaluations? The Governor’s Ed Reform Commission is recommending differentiated pay/pay for performance. How best can this process be implemented? What objective measures can be used? How should this be "phased-in"?
  • Are the changes made to testing SB 364 sufficient? What other suggestions related to this might be recommended?
  • How can school climate be improved?
  • Other comments and suggestions

Please submit your comments in writing to be used by the committee in summarizing the meeting. Also, we encourage you to submit any other suggestions and positive solutions for any area of instruction that is not included in any of the above mentioned questions. The session will be held at the Theatre Dublin, 314 Academy Avenue, Dublin GA 31021, and will follow the schedule below:

4:00-5:30PM Superintendents, Board Members and Principals
5:30-6:00PM Break
6:00-8:00PM Teachers

Your participation is important and will help the House and Senate Committees identify the key issues and solutions from teachers on these important matters. Please tell your fellow teachers about this vital meeting and encourage them to attend. A 5th listening session will be held in early October in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Further details will be sent at a later date.

2016 GCTM State Tournament Winners

Congratulations to Gwinnet School of Math Science and Technology, this year's state math tournament winners! Check out the list of placing teams and champions for this year's tournament.

Math Day at the Capitol 2016

Representative Mike Dudgeon has written a resolution to recognize Monday, February 8, 2016 as Math Day at the Capitol. Members of GCTM are invited to be present in the gallery to be recognized when the resolution is read. Members should be at the doors of the House of Representatives no later than 10:45 a.m. to be admitted into gallery. The House session will start at 11 a.m.

Information about public parking and entry into the Capitol can be found at https://gba.georgia.gov/general-public-parking

NOTE: This schedule is still tentative based upon the finalization of the adjournment calendar.