The Henry County, Georgia K-12 Curriculum is aligned K-12 to support the learning of the state's Quality Core Curriculum.  This is to ensure that all students experience quality teaching and learning throughout the education process and, upon graduation, are prepared to be productive and responsible citizens in the twenty-first century. 

Learner Standards 

I. STANDARD: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the application of basic academic skills.  

  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

II. STANDARD: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary for career and post-secondary success. 

  • Ability to obtain information
  • Ability to evaluate information
  • Ability to apply knowledge
  • Understanding and application of effective study skills
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to use technology

III. STANDARD: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the economic and general well-being of self and society.  

  • Knowledge of personal success characteristics
  • Knowledge of personal financial management strategies
  • Understanding of basic economic principles
  • Knowledge of health and wellness
  • Knowledge of parenting skills
  • Working knowledge of foreign language 

IV. STANDARD: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively and responsibly with others. 

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to resolve differences responsibly
  • Knowledge of positive personal character principles
  • Respect for the property and rights of others

V. STANDARD: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship. 

  • Understands the democratic process
  • Understands current issues
  • Knowledge of cultural diversity
  • Understands the importance of service to the community
  • Understands the basic principles of law
  • Understands environmental issues
  • Understands the importance of respect for authority

VI. STANDARD: Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate artistic expression. 

  • Visual arts
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Theater arts
  • Dance

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Vision 

Quality curriculum: 

1. Is meaningful 

  • Relevant
  • Future application
  • Connected/integrated
  • Clear
  • Draws on current strengths
  • Assessable
  • Reflects nation/state content standards/frameworks

2. Is aligned 

  • Encompasses K-12
  • Builds upon the past
  • Moves toward the future

3. Is challenging 

  • Includes high expectations for all students
  • Addresses all levels

4. Promotes creativity and encourages individuality 

5. Promotes appreciation of knowledge and learning, diversity of the community and learning as a lifelong process 

6. Is transportable 

  • Manageable
  • Structured, but flexible
  • Accommodates replication

7. Is accessible 

  • Promotes availability to all
  • Considers needs of the individual learners
  • Encourages learners to reach their full potential

Quality instruction: 

1. Is founded upon sound learning principles 

2. Is interdisciplinary 

3. Is integrated within each discipline 

4. Uses a variety of resources 

5. Includes a variety of methods 

6. Includes a variety of strategies/tools 

  • Projects, problem-solving, hands-on
  • Thematic strands (Multi-dimensional)
  • Critical thinking
  • Transition among strategies

7. Is pragmatic; can be modeled 

8. Occurs in a conducive environment 

  • Physical
  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Learning

9. Affords flexibility 

  • Time
  • Styles (Teaching and Learning)

10. Promotes the joy of learning 

11. Promotes collegiality  

Quality Assessment: 

1. Supports curriculum and instruction 

  • Has multiple purposes
  • Promotes learning
  • Promotes student accountability
  • Promotes instructional accountability

2. Is appropriate 

  • Employs a variety of techniques/assessment types
  • Is both formative and summative
  • Promotes both process and product
  • Assessment style reflects instructional style
  • Attuned to instructional content
  • Is appropriate for age, grade, and instructional level of the student
  • Time devoted to assessment is in appropriate proportion to instructional time
  • Is continuous and timely (administration, feedback)

3. Is meaningful 

  • Encourages achievement
  • Learning experience
  • Measures progress toward learner standards
  • Enables students to demonstrate understanding of critical concepts
  • Assessment is meaningful to the student, parent, and teacher
  • Reporting is meaningful to the student, parent, and teacher
  • Useful tool to inform instruction
    • assists in instructional planning
    • assists in teachers’ reflection on the quality of teaching

4. Is technically sound 

  • Is valid
  • Yields clear, manageable data

5. Incorporates critical thinking skills  

 Henry County Public Schools
396 Tomlinson Street
McDonough, Georgia  30253
USA
770-957-6547
Fax:  770-957-0301

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Tuesday, March 18, 2003