Comments sought on changes to curriculum

SUWANEE - As Gwinnett County Public Schools integrates the new state curriculum into its own curriculum, community members, parents and staff are invited to submit feedback to the school system.

Gwinnett County has posted the proposed changes to the Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum to its Web site, www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us. Comments about the proposed changes will be accepted until Feb. 16, said Jorge Quintana, the school system's spokesman.

Comments can be mailed to the school system's Curriculum Development Office, Instructional Support Center, 437 Old Peachtree Road N.W., Suwanee, GA 30024 or e-mailed to AKS_Review@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.

Comments about the course in general or about specific parts of the AKS should include the proposed AKS information to include the file name, grade level and AKS number, the suggested change and the rationale for the suggested change.

The current AKS is also available online for the purpose of review.

An oversight committee will review the suggestions at its March 1 meeting, and the committee will make recommendations to Gwinnett Schools Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks and the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

Gwinnett's AKS started to integrate the new Georgia Performance Standards during the 2005-06 school year, Quintana said. Most of the standards will be in place by the 2008-09 school year, but the integration of the new curriculum will not be complete until the 2011-12 school year, he said.

Each time the county phases the state curriculum into the AKS, the community will have a chance to comment on the proposed changes, Quintana said.