Gov. Kemp Holds Press Conference Announcing Rollback of High-Stakes Testing 

Gov. Brian Kemp and State School Superintendent Richard Woods held a joint press conference today to announce a bill sponsored by Senate Education and Youth Chairman P.K. Martin (R-Lawrenceville) that would reduce the number of high-stakes tests, bringing the total number of tests closer to the federally required minimum. Kemp and Woods referenced feedback they received from educators and school leaders at listening sessions convened over the summer and fall of 2019 as the primary motivation for introducing the bill. “Today, we’re sending a clear message that we hear you and we’ve got your back,” Kemp said. 

PAGE worked extensively with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) and the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) to help organize the listening session events attended by hundreds of educators and school leaders across the state. Reducing the impact of standardized testing on students and teachers has been a long-standing priority for PAGE members, and is included as a  top priority of our legislative efforts in 2020 . PAGE appreciates Gov. Kemp’s announcement today. 

PAGE Director of Legislative Services Margaret Ciccarelli and Legislative Affairs Specialist Josh Stephens stood with education leaders and legislative leaders during the press conference. PAGE will release a detailed bill analysis in the Capitol Report once the bill is introduced in the Senate. 

-Josh Stephens