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Statement from Superintendent Richard Woods regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s Testing Action Plan

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Cardoza, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 651-7358, mcardoza@gadoe.org

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October 27, 2015 – Statement from State School Superintendent Richard Woods regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s recently announced Testing Action Plan:

“I am pleased that the President and U.S. Secretary of Education see what we at the state and local levels have seen for years: we test way too much. As I stated early on in my term, we must balance accountability with responsibility. That is why several months ago I called for a testing audit to determine ways we could eliminate unnecessary testing at the state and local levels.

In the days ahead, my team and I will look over this proposal and move forward with recommendations to provide relief from over-testing and over-burdensome accountability. Now that the federal government has signaled its willingness to provide flexibility, we as a state must act, in the interests of our students and teachers.”​

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