State officials say Georgia is withdrawing from a consortium to create standardized tests aligned with Common Core curriculum. State School Superintendent John Barge and Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to ensure that Georgia officials maintain control of the state's academic standards and testing.
With Superintendent John Barge under pressure for his opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on charter schools, the Georgia Department of Education has declared its neutrality on the Nov. 6 referendum. The agency is scrolling an alert across its webpage stating that it "takes no position" on the vote. The message doesn't mention Barge.