The Division of Teaching and Learning is committed to the successful implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards. This curriculum promotes high expectations for its teachers and students and results in meaningful student learning. The vision guiding these standards emphasizes that all students must have the opportunities and resources to develop the language skills they need to pursue life’s goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society.
- students will read the equivalent of twenty-five books per year across the curriculum
- students will write weekly
- students will use reading and writing strategies to help them understand and use the content of all classes
- students will write a minimum of one research paper and develop one research-based project each year
Assessment is a crucial component of the Reading-ELA curriculum. Periodic assessments are administered and are intended to measure student progress during units of study. District-level end-of-semester assessments give schools cumulative data to assess student mastery of the Georgia Performance Standards. Students who are not meeting standards are eligible for intervention programs and services provided by the reading specialist or other designated support personnel. End-of-semester assessments, along with other data sources such as student work, provide schools with information to utilize interventions for students in need of focused support.
Students in grades K-3 also use the Handwriting Without Tears series to learn the art of handwriting.
The Extended Learning Time (ELT) class period is utilized to provide additional support for students who are in need of more instruction in order to meet state standards.
The Division of Teaching and Learning distributes information on various contests and competitions for schools throughout the school year. Yearly national, state, and local contents and competitions include:
- the DeKalb County Schools Spelling Bee
- the Georgia Department of Education Young Georgia Author’s Writing Competition
- the DCSS Governor’s Honors Program
- the Coca Cola Share the Dream Essay Contest
- the Clean Water Campaign Art and Essay Contest
- Lynn M. Angus, Ed.D NBCT (Coordinator)
- 678.676.0229 (fax)