Ga. schools chief visits Coweta

Barge champions Common Core at Rotary

by Celia Shortt

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Dr. John Barge, state school superintendent, reinforced that the Common Core standards are guidelines, not the federal government’s takeover of the country’s educational system. He spoke Monday to the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. 


Georgia Schools Superintendent Dr. John Barge reinforced the Common Core educational standards as “broad overarching principles” and “not a federal government takeover for education” during a speech at the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club meeting on Monday.

Barge said the standards were inspired by the federal government to help students who move from state to state while they are in school. By having these standards, Barge feels that students will have more consistency with their education despite moving to different states and school systems.

It doesn’t matter what state you are in, he said. These are the standards for which teachers across the country are responsible.

“(The) standards are not curriculum,” he added. “Local school districts will control curriculum.”

Barge said he surveyed teachers in Georgia, and more than three quarters of those surveyed felt the standards were good standards that still needed some refinement to improve them.

Barge also shared that in 2013 Georgia graduated more students than ever before in its history, 71.5 percent. He feels the graduation rate was achieved because of the higher standards being implemented throughout the state.

In 2012, Barge said, Georgia was the only state in the country that improved in every national test — SAT, ACT, AP, NAEP Math, NAEP Reading, and NAEP Science.

Barge is running for Georgia governor in the 2014 election.



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