Responsible Approach to Accountability
Adopting a Flexible Accountability Model that Supports True Innovation and Proven Results
Within his first days in office, Superintendent Woods sent a letter to then U.S. Secretary Arne Ducan, lamenting the the 'pressure and punish' model of the current testing model and urged additional federal flexibility in the area of high-stakes testing.
Taxpayers rightly demand that there be accountability for the funds that are provided to our schools. However, a rigid accountability model can stifle true innovation and diminish results. Continuing on his campaign promise of "Less Testing, More Teaching" Superintendent Woods worked with State Senator Lindsey Tippins as well as other key legislators to pass legislation reducing the number and weight of high-stakes testing. Because this work, Woods was recognized as one of Georgia Trend's 2017 100 Most Influential Georgians.
Superintendent Woods also recommended -- and the State Board adopted -- policy that provided the opportunity to eliminate up to five high-stakes tests for high school students. This was hailed by Georgians as a 'common sense move.'
Superintendent Woods believes that we must continue to shift from the high stakes, low return testing model to a diagnostic testing model that informs instruction and supports student learning. Under his leadership, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is exploring a game-based, skill building assessment that made of interactive activities that provide timely information to parents and teachers while being engaging to students. This is an opportunity to change the culture around testing.
Under the direction of Superintendent Woods, the GaDOE commissioned a UGA study examining the state's accountability model, also known as CCRPI. The study found Georgia's metric, put into place prior to Woods taking office, too 'harsh' and 'stringent' compared to neighboring and high-performing states. Based on these facts, Woods have continued to advocate for changes to the metric.
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