New Science Standards are Here!
Georgia Standards of Excellence
Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success
Our state has adopted new standards because we understand that a robust science education in elementary school will pave the way for increased opportunities in middle school, high school, and college.
The Science Georgia Standards of Excellence enable our teachers to offer all students interactive science instruction that promotes analysis and interpretation of data, critical thinking, problem solving, and connections across science disciplines—with a high set of expectations for achievement in grades K–5.
A quality science education can help expand opportunities for all our students.
What is our vision for science education?
As the current science standards are implemented in schools and districts, they will enable students to:
- Develop a deeper understanding of science beyond memorizing facts, and
- Experience similar scientific and engineering practices as those used by professionals in the field.
How will students learn science in the classroom?
Each year, students in Georgia should be able to demonstrate greater capacity for connecting knowledge across, and between, the physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering design.
During grades K–2, your child will begin to form connections between concepts and skills such as understanding relationships between objects, planning and carrying out investigations, and constructing explanations.
During grades 3–5, your child will begin to form deeper connections between concepts and skills previously learned in grades K–2, such as evaluating methods for collecting data, revising models based on evidence, and analyzing data to make sense of phenomena.
How can you support your child’s success?
Although Georgia's new approach to teaching and learning K–12 science is different than the past, you can still actively support your child’s success in the classroom!
- Speak to your child’s teacher(s) about how these important changes affect your school.
- Ask your child’s teacher thoughtful questions based on the information provided in this brochure.
- Learn how you can help the teacher(s) reinforce classroom instruction at home.
- Visit www.georgiastandards.org for more information.