Frequently Asked Questions
About the PICASSO Website
- What is available for parents and students?
Parents and students can view the topics and standards/elements for the core area courses for language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies (if available). By second semester, a condensed unit outline containing essential question(s), topics, standards/elements, and vocabulary will be available to the public for those courses using Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).
Standards and Curriculum
- What are standards and why do we need them?
Standards set high expectations for ALL students and describe what students should know and be able to do. CCSD's expectation is that students should acquire the knowledge, be able to use that knowledge, and communicate what they know to others.
- Where are the standards?
Parents and students should use PICASSO to view the standards and do not need to login. Teachers should view the standards and related resources on PICASSO using the secure login site. The secure login allows teachers access to assessments that are for use with students.
- Does the curriculum really matter?
According to Marzano, one of the greatest factors influencing student achievement is a "guaranteed and viable curriculum."
- What is meant by the term "curriculum"?
CCSD's curriculum includes the standards and related resources that are intended to be overtly and intentionally taught and, of course, subsequently learned. CCSD's curriculum is guided by the standards and a Course Guide which indicates the order or pace at which the standards are taught. For teachers, these Course Guides are linked to suggested Unit and Lesson Outlines.