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.
We strive to provide courses and pathways that meet the needs of every student!
- Computer Science
- English Language Arts
- Fine Arts
- Gifted Education
- Health & Physical Education
- Reading & Literacy
- 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.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Katie Warwick
Dr. Jeremy Peacock
Science and STEM/STEAM Specialist