State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Georgia

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-690.1
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 by September 1 Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-151
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5 by December 31, if student was a resident of another state for at least 2 years and was enrolled in kindergarten in that state. Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-150
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-151
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 4.5 hours per day for grades K-3. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-5-1-.02
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? 1:15 for Kindergarten. 1:17 for grades 1-3 Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-161 (West)
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Educator preparation rules outline requirements and content standards for an optional reading endorsement program that prepare individuals to teach reading. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.96
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Educator preparation rules outline requirements and content standards for an optional K-5 Mathematics endorsement program. Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.92
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Educator preparation rules include separate content standards for approving endorsement programs that prepare individuals to work and teach children from birth through kindergarten and from grades P-5. Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.13
Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.14
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Kindergartners must be assessed using the Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS). Students in grades 1-3 must be assessed in reading and math. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-3-1-.07
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The GKIDS assessment is used to make placement decisions on an individual basis. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-3-1-.07
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions include class augmentation, self-contained, reduced class size, pull-out or Reading Recovery. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-2-.17
Is there a third grade retention policy? Yes. Third grade retention is required. Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-283
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Parental notification is required and parental appeal is allowed. Ga. Code Ann., § 20-2-283
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Department of Education code requires local boards of education to provide instruction in character education. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-2-.33

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