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.
National tests being created for the Common Core educational standards could cost Georgia more than its current budget of $25 million for all types of assessments. A spokeswoman for Gov. Nathan Deal, says he is exploring options because of concerns about the cost of the assessments.
The Cobb County school board has delayed a vote on whether to overturn its decision not to purchase math textbooks aligned with national standards. Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn said he wants to give board members more time to study their options. A vote was initially scheduled for Thursday.
Leaders of Georgia's Republican Party have voted to press state officials to withdraw from a national program that creates a basic set of educational standards. Party leaders voted unanimously this weekend to ask that the state withdraw from Common Core — an initiative aimed at creating basic reading, math and language arts requirements.
Governor Nathan Deal is pushing back on critics of Georgia’s public school curriculum. Deal issued an executive order Wednesday It re-affirms that the federal government isn’t in charge of school curricula in Georgia.
Schools across Georgia will begin teaching new academic standards designed to ensure students are ready for college and careers after high school graduation. Georgia adopted the "Common Core" standards in July 2010. State officials earmarked $900,000 in grant money for training.