Common Core in Georgia :
Common Core Georgia Performance Standards

While the standards were fully implemented in Georgia as of the 2013–14 school year, the state has withdrawn from the PARCC education consortium and will return to creating its own assessments to align with the current state education standards.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

Georgia has withdrawn from PARCC completely, citing cost of assessments as its main reason for leaving the consortium.


SB 137, introduced during the 2013 session, would have withdrawn Georgia from the Common Core as well as national consortia. The bill failed to pass in 2013, but Sen. Lignon has announced that he intends to introduce it again in 2014. SB 167 would have given more power to local school districts to review standards, and reinforces student privacy rights. This bill died in the House Education Committee.


On February 19, 2015, the State Board of Education voted to rename the ELA and Mathematics standards to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Georgia

Senator Lignon
Opposes CC

Lt. Governor Cagil
Opposes CC

Governor Deal
Supports CC

Representative Jason Spencer
Opposes CC

Representative David Stover
Opposes CC

Superintendent Richard Woods
Opposes CC

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Updated: 5/28/2015