GCPS invites community, staff to participate in curriculum review for proposed and current AKS through Feb. 15









GCPS invites community, staff to participate in curriculum review for proposed and current AKS through Feb. 15

This year's review of GCPS' curriculum offers two opportunities for parents, staff, and community members to share their feedback about the school system's Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS). The school system is seeking input on new AKS that have been developed to align with new state Common Core Standards as well as AKS for other new courses. In addition, citizens may give feedback on additions, changes, or deletions for the current AKS. Both reviews run through Feb. 15.

The GEMS Oversight Committee will consider both community and staff suggestions at its meeting on this spring, and will make its recommendations to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the Board of Education. On Mar. 7, 2013, the GEMS Oversight Committee will review the suggestions and curriculum director comments before making recommendations to CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks for adoption by the School Board. Following adoption, feedback will be provided to staff members who made suggestions.

See below for details on each review, and links for both the current 2012-13 AKS and the proposed 2013-14 AKS.
  • Review of AKS aligned with NEW Common Core Math Courses and NEW AKS for other courses-- Last year, the Georgia Department of Education adopted a new state curriculum-- the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS)-- for K-12 Language Arts, K-12 Mathematics, and literacy standards for Science, Social Studies, and Technical Education. The first phase of this revised curriculum began in 2012-13, with K-12 Language Arts and K-9 Mathematics. Gwinnett County Public Schools curriculum directors for these areas worked with teachers to ensure the school system’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum for 2012-13 was aligned to the new CCGPS standards.
This next phase for 2013-14 includes five new Common Core-aligned mathematics courses for grades 9-12-- Algebra II CC, Geometry CC, Accelerated Geometry CC, Precalculus CC, and Accelerated Precalculus CC. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to review the proposed AKS to provide input on the recommended curriculum revisions for the five new mathematics courses for grades 9-12.

In addition, AKS are under review for two Junior Leadership Corps courses for middle school students, and Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) courses for the district's Army program at the high school level.

Click here to review and comment on the NEW AKS via an online survey. Comments will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15.
  • Annual review of CURRENT Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum-- If there is an AKS you would like to see added, deleted, or revised, please complete the AKS Review Form, which is available on the GCPS website. You also may request a copy of the review form from a local school administrator.
Submit AKS Review Forms by e-mail to AKS_Review@gwinnett.k12.ga.us or by U.S. mail to:
Curriculum Development Office
437 Old Peachtree Rd. NW
Suwanee, Georgia 30024

Please note the following information in your narrative comments:

-- Current AKS Information, including File Name (i.e., Current First Grade Language Arts), Grade Level, AKS Number
-- Comment about course in general or specific AKS
-- Suggested change
-- Rationale for suggested change


Comments will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 15.

Click here to review the CURRENT AKS online. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to access school level AKS books.)