Republican Richard Woods was elected Georgia’s school superintendent in 2014. Before that, he spent 25 years in pre-K through 12th grade education as a teacher, department chair, and teacher mentor and administrator. He grew up in a military family, but has long called Tifton home.
Read the profile at: https://www.atlantamagazine.com/list/9-questions-for-georgias-state-school-superintendent-candidates/richard-woods/
Our students – and schools – are more than a score
Imagine if the success of your child – or your grandchild, niece or nephew, or next-door neighbor – was summed up entirely by their performance on a single end-of-year test.
Unfortunately, there are some who want Georgia’s accountability system for schools, the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), to function that way, relying overwhelmingly on students’ scores on a standardized test, instead of multiple indicators that capture the opportunities schools are providing for kids.
Many people reading this may not realize the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), which I lead, is not the sole decision-maker regarding the CCRPI. There is excessive authority over the process delegated to entities outside the GaDOE (which is the only Georgia education agency overseen by a leader elected by, and directly accountable to, the citizens of our state).
This has led to a CCRPI that, while significantly improved, still does not line up with the feedback we’ve consistently gotten from parents, business leaders, and schools themselves – or with my 25 years of experience in education.
It’s time that I make it very clear what my position is regarding the CCRPI.
"...the decisions I make are through the eyes of a teacher." -- Richard Woods for State School Superintendent
Richard has over 25 years of K-12 teacher and leader experience. His opponent has zero K-12 experience.
Richard releases plan to reform the state accountability systems: 'It's time to lift up, instead of label our schools.'
Education Week's 2018 Quality Counts report released it's ranking with Georgia's overall education ranking improving.
For overall K-12 achievement, Georgia was ranked 11th in the nation. For gains on AP exams, Georgia was ranked 6th in the nation.
From SAT and ACT scores to NAEP scores -- and now the K-12 achievement and AP indicators in the Quality Counts Report -- multiple indicators are showing that Georgia education is improving and heading in the right direction.
We can't let Georgia go back to the days of high-stakes testing, Common Core, and Race to the Top.
My opponent & Duncan still haven’t learned.
A new book by Arne Duncan -- who has endorsed my opponent -- lashes out at critics, like me, who have fought against high-stakes testing, hyper-accountability, and teacher ‘devaluation’ systems.
With his new book, he doubles down on failed Race to the Top reforms – we can’t let Duncan or my opponent bring these hurtful reforms back to Georgia!
Learn more: www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/08/08/arne-duncan-never-learns/?utm_term=.e1e9e58cc8a2
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Georgia's School Superintendent
Richard Woods has over 25 years of pre-k through 12th grade experience in public education. > Read Full Bio