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 Middle School Performance Standards

​​​​​Middle Schools and Georgia Career, Technical and Agricultural Education

Designed to meet the needs of young adolescents (ages 10-15), middle schools bridge the gap between elementary and high school by providing students with an opportunity to learn in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment. According to the National Middle School Association (NMSA) characteristics of effective middle schools include courageous, collaborative leadership, a shared vision that guides decisions, high expectations for every member of the learning community, students and teachers engaged in active learning, and school community partnerships. 

These characteristics are also found within the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs in Georgia. CTAE is making giant strides to bring middle school programs to new career readiness goals. The new curriculum includes national standards, CTAE standards and Georgia Performance Standards, in addition to career development activities allowing students to make the connection between class work and workforce.


Each Middle School CTAE Program area course includes essential and relevant performance standards for math, science, language arts, and social studies. Middle school CTAE courses also reinforce Reading Across the Content, Technical Writing standards, Entrepreneurship standards, and CTAE Foundation Skills. CTAE middle school courses feature rigorous performance standards that students master to help prepare them for choosing a high school career pathway that interests them.​

Approved Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Exploratory Programs

Middle School Agriculture​

Middle School Architecture and Construction 

Middle School Computer Science Courses

Middle School Business Management and Finance

Middle School Career Development

Middle School Engineering and Technology

Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences

Middle School Healthcare Science

​Middle School Transportation

Middle School Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Middle School Marketing


 Contact Information

Program Specialist
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education