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GCPS seeks input in review of AKS for select courses

September 30, 2021

     Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) invites parents, students, Gwinnett County residents, and GCPS staff members to participate in the school district’s review of proposed curriculum for 64 courses. The review, scheduled for Sept. 24 to Oct. 11., is addressing AKS for select courses in Career and Technical Education, and Fine Arts, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies, as well as Study Skills/Affective Skills.       

     The public can participate via an online review of proposed Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) standards, offering feedback on new AKS that have been developed to align the curriculum with the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) and/or Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). The AKS spell out the essential concepts students are expected to know and skills they should acquire in a given grade, subject, or course.

     On Oct. 28, the GEMS Oversight Committee—a group of community and school system representatives charged with the annual review of the AKS curriculum—will review the suggestions and curriculum director comments before making recommendations to Superintendent Dr. Calvin J. Watts for adoption by the School Board.

            This year’s review will address the following courses:

Career and Technical Education

  • Applications of Biotechnology
  • Applications of Health Information Technology
  • Applications of Public Health
  • Artificial Intelligence Applications*
  • Artificial Intelligence Concepts*
  • Cloud Computing*
  • Computer Science Principles
  • Data Science II*
  • Diagnostics Phlebotomy
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Environmental Science and Stewardship*
  • Essentials of Biotechnology
  • Essentials of Health Information Technology
  • Essentials of Healthcare
  • Film Production Applications*
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence*
  • Fundamentals of Exercise Physiology
  • General Horticulture and Plant Science*
  • Health Information Management Medical Office
  • Healthcare Support Services
  • Integrated Marketing Communications*
  • Introduction to Film Production*
  • Introduction to Healthcare Science
  • Introduction to Personal Care Services
  • Introduction to Software Technology*
  • Marketing Research*
  • Masonry I*
  • Patient Care Fundamentals
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Plumbing I*
  • Promotion and Digital Marketing*
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgical Technician I
  • Surgical Technician II
  • Sustainable Agriculture*

 

Fine Arts

  • Song Writing*
  • Theatre Arts Literature II*

 

Language Arts

  • Advanced Composition
  • Dramatic Writing for Film, Television, and Theater with LA
  • Media Literacy in a Global Society*

 

Science

  • Epidemiology*
  • Meterology*

 

Social Studies

  • Social Studies - K

 

Other

  • Affective Skills - K*
  • Affective Skills - 1*
  • Affective Skills - 2*
  • Affective Skills - 3*
  • Affective Skills - 4*
  • Affective Skills - 5*
  • Affective Skills - 6*
  • Affective Skills - 7*
  • Affective Skills - 8*
  • Affective Skills – HS*
  • Study Skills - K*
  • Study Skills - 1*
  • Study Skills - 2*
  • Study Skills - 3*
  • Study Skills - 4*
  • Study Skills - 5*
  • Study Skills - 6
  • Study Skills - 7
  • Study Skills - 8
  • Study Skills - HS*

*Indicates the courses going through GEMS review process for the first time.

Feedback on this year’s AKS review may be submitted via the AKS survey. Comments will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 11.