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Curriculum & Instruction

Welcome to the department of Curriculum and Instruction! We support evidence-based instructional practices and strategies for differentiated, innovative, and effective teaching and learning based on the State-adopted standards in support of a balanced curriculum for the whole child​.

Georgia Standards of Excellence
Georgia K-12 teachers in collaboration with post-secondary educators, business and industry representatives, parents, and educational agencies and organizations work to develop challenging and relevant standards. Georgia standards are reviewed by state appointmented curriculum teams on a regular cycle to stay current with our ever-changing, fast-paced, and technological society.  All content area standards, along with sample instructional resources​, are available on GeorgiaStandards.Org.

Content Areas
We strive to provide courses and pathways that meet the needs of every student!

  • Computer Science
  • CTAE
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Gifted Education
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Reading & Literacy
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages

Monitoring Student Learning Progress
Assessment is an important part of the teaching and learning process. Teachers administer a variety of classroom assessments in order to monitor student learning. Additionally, Jackson County administers all State-required assessments. For more details about assessments in Jackson County Schools,  visit our Assessments page

Below are some general definitions of several types of assessments.

  • Informal & Formative assessments: Informal assessments are not “graded” and typically consist of teacher observations, questioning, monitoring participation levels, “ticket-out-the-door,” etc. Formative means that the assessment is during the process of learning, rather than at the end.
  • Formal & Summative assessments: Formal means that the assessment is generally graded and “counts.” Summative means that the assessment measures the outcome of the learning, usually at the end of a lesson or unit.
  • Authentic assessments: meant to measure when authentic instruction is happening and growth can be noted (such as baking a cake, running track, painting a picture). Performance assessments, portfolio assessments, rubrics, and student work samples are different types of authentic assessments.
  • Norm-Referenced assessments: Typically refers to standardized tests where students are compared to the group score and is measured on accuracy. Usually viewed as “competitive exams.”
  • Criterion-Referenced assessments: These assessments compare students to a set standard, like the proficiency with an objective and are usually based on subject-content and often are teacher-made.