Why Georgia Cannot Go Back to Barge
Barge embraced the largest increase in high-stakes testing in our state’s history and drove teachers out of the profession.
More Testing, Less Teaching. John Barge.
Under John Barge, Georgia embraced high-stakes tests for every single subject and course in our schools. These tests took away valuable instructional time from students and were used to rate and rank our teachers – making them flee the teaching profession en masse and compounding teacher shortages across our state.
As Barge left office, Georgia was losing half of teachers by their fifth year.
Under the leadership of State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Georgia has seen the largest reduction in high-stakes testing in our state's history AND increased efforts to keep our teachers in the profession.