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John Pritchett
Coordinator, Middle School Curriculum

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Middle School Performance Standards

Middle Schools and Georgia Career, Technical and Agricultural Education

Designed to meet the needs of young adolescents (ages 10-15), middle schools bridge the gap between elementary and high school by providing students with an opportunity to learn in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment. According to the National Middle School Association (NMSA) characteristics of effective middle schools include courageous, collaborative leadership, a shared vision that guides decisions, high expectations for every member of the learning community, students and teachers engaged in active learning, and school community partnerships.

These characteristics are also found within the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs in Georgia. CTAE is making giant strides to bring middle school programs to new career readiness goals. The new curriculum will include national standards, CTAE standards and Georgia Performance Standards, in addition to career development activities allowing students to make the connection between class work and workforce.

Middle School Career Pathway Development

The following is the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) Performance Standards for Phase I middle school program areas.

In an effort to partner with academia, the CTAE program areas are revising curricula from QCC objectives to GPS format. The career and technical performance standards were condensed to reflect the most essential elements of the curricula. Each middle school program area’s courses provide students with the necessary tools to be successful at the next level of their educational career. With fewer topics, teachers will be able to instruct for deeper understanding of the material and thereby increase students’ opportunity to master key concepts.

Each Middle School CTAE Program area course includes essential and relevant performance standards for math, science, language arts, and social studies. Middle school CTAE courses also reinforce Reading Across the Content, Technical Writing standards, Entrepreneurship standards, and CTAE Foundation Skills. CTAE middle school courses feature rigorous performance standards that students master to help prepare them for choosing a high school career pathway that interests them.

Phase I Career Exploratory Programs approved, implemented for Fall 2009

Middle School Agriculture

Middle School Business and Computer Science Middle School Career Development Middle School Engineering and Technology Middle School Family and Consumer Science Middle School Healthcare Science

Phase II Career Exploratory Programs approved, implemented for Fall 2010

Middle School Architecture, Construction, Communications & Transportation

Middle School Government and Public Safety Middle School Marketing, Sales & Services

Ag-Curriculum presentation
Business and Computer Science curriculum presentation
Career Development curriculum presentation
ENGR 6th grade Curriculum Presentation
FCS-Curriculum Presentation


Helpful Links
GMSA 2011 BRIDGE presentation
GMSA 2011 TAA Presentation
Approved GPS CTAE curriculum