Statement from State
School Superintendent Richard Woods on legislation to reduce high-stakes
testing in Georgia
February 4, 2020 – “For
years, I’ve expressed deep concerns about the number and weight of high-stakes
tests in Georgia, and getting state testing requirements in line with the
federal minimum was one of the Georgia Department of Education’s top
legislative priorities for 2020.
has a place and a purpose, but the current measure, pressure, and punish regime
of high-stakes testing required by state and federal law is excessive. It takes
away from the ability of teachers to teach and students to learn.
strongly support the legislation announced by Governor Brian Kemp today, which
would lower the number and weight of high-stakes tests in Georgia and maximize
time for instruction.
a former teacher, and as someone who has spoken with hundreds of Georgia’s
classroom teachers over the last five years, I believe so strongly that our
students and teachers are worth more than the results of one test, taken on one
day, during one school year. That’s what this legislation is about. We are
responding to the persistent and urgent concerns raised by classroom teachers,
students, and parents, who have been sounding the alarm about the negative
impacts of excessive high-stakes testing for years. We are saying, loud and
clear, that it’s the teacher, not the test, that makes a difference.
am proud to partner with Governor Kemp and Senator P.K. Martin to address this
critical issue head-on, and I thank them for hearing and acting upon the
concerns raised by students, parents, and teachers.”