Southeastern Section–55th Annual Meeting (23–24 March 2006)

Paper No. 2
Presentation Time: 8:25 AM


WITHERSPOON, William, Fernbank Science Center, DeKalb County School System, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307, BARTLEY, Julie K., Geology Department, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave, St. Peter, MN 56082, DODGE, Rebecca, Department of Geosciences, State Univ of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118, VINCENT, Paul, Department of Physics, Astronomy, & Geoscience, Valdosta State University, 1500 N. Patterson St, Valdosta, GA 31698-0055, KIELBORN, Terrie, Ithica Elementary School, Carroll County Schools, 75 Whitworth Road, Villa Rica, GA 30189 and MARSHALL, Gail, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, University of West Georgia, 513 North Hulett Road, Villa Rica, GA 30180,

Draft performance standards for a new Georgia high school Earth Systems course have been posted for public comment at   

The six content standards cover:

  • Composition and formation of Earth systems
  • Plate tectonic influences on geologic features, materials, and hazards
  • The actions of water, wind, and gravity to create landforms and landscapes
  • The use of rock relationships and fossils to reconstruct the Earth's past
  • The interaction of insolation and Earth systems to produce weather and climate
  • The ways in which life responds to and shapes Earth systems

The standards have been correlated to the National Science Education Standards and to Benchmarks for Science Literacy

Part of the rationale for the high school course is the recent move of Middle School Earth Science in Georgia from eighth to sixth grade.  After the standards and their subordinate elements are presented, time will be allowed for discussing strategies to interest local school systems in offering the high school course.