Cherokee County's superintendent wants the public to know the school board and the district are in support of the move towards adopting Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.
Dr. Frank Petruzielo on Thursday said in a statement that despite comments made by District 1 School Board Member Kelly Marlow applauding Gov. Nathan Dean's review of the initiative, that the school board as a whole has "repeatedly voted to support continued implementation of CCGPS in the school district in keeping with the Superintendent of Schools’ and school board’s longtime support of performance-based standards."
"It’s important to note that CCGPS are standards, which are guidelines for the knowledge that a student should master by completion of a grade level," he said. "These standards do not dictate the curriculum or instructional methods teachers are to use."
Marlow told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she hoped lawmakers other board members would give Common Core "a serious look," and that it was never too late to "fix a bad decision."
Petruzielo noted the board, most recently as its July 24 meeting, voted to adopt the School Board's policy, which reflects its support of CCGPS.
Implementation of CCGPS, the superintendent said, is part of both the district and Georgia participating in the federal Race to the Top grant program.
"It’s unfortunate when elected officials contribute to narrowly-defined interest group activity through politicizing the efforts to establish national performance standards designed to ensure that every student is provided a more rigorous education and one that is globally competitive," he added "Performance standards are vital to the success of our students and our teachers, and CCGPS is the culmination of 15 years of work by the School District in this endeavor… beginning with the development and adoption of Local standards, the subsequent adoption of State standards and now, the adoption of National standards."