Cagle: The State of Georgia Will Stop Teaching to the Test – Senate Advances Legislation

February 15, 2018

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle led the Georgia Senate to pass SB 362, which allows ten leading school systems to pioneer an innovative statewide program that will give educators the ability to replace high-stakes standardized testing with local decision-making and formative assessments.

"Freeing our educators to focus on individual students instead of teaching to the test will allow us to transform our schools into engines of economic opportunity that prepare every student for a rewarding career," said Lt. Governor Cagle. "This legislation will make the State of Georgia a national leader in eliminating high-stakes testing, and we will continue to push for greater freedom and flexibility to ensure that our schools prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to be professionally successful.”

Senate Bill 362 directs teachers, principals, and supporting faculty to accept individual accountability for our students without being forced to rely on and be measured by one single summative assessment. Individualized learning plans will give our educators a comprehensive view into how our schools are educating students. These newly designed measures will also empower our state to replace duplicative standardized testing for high school students with more relevant assessments like the ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer.

“Lt. Governor Cagle’s vision for education is creating new opportunities for students in every community across our state to achieve academic excellence. I’m excited for the future successes our school systems will experience when given true freedom from high-stakes testing, and flexibility to adapt their curriculum and lesson plans to the needs of individual students,” added Senator Lindsey Tippins, Chairman of the Education and Youth Committee. 

SB 362 has attracted widespread support from educators, parents, and students across the State of Georgia and now moves to the House of Representatives for action.

Danny Kanso
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