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State superintendent visits MCA
Higher costs are driving Georgia out of a 21-state consortium that develops standardized English and mathematics tests for public school students, state School Superintendent John Barge said Wednesday during a visit to McIntosh County Academy.

But just because Georgia is pulling out of testing through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, does not mean what follows will be any easier, Barge said.

"If you've been preparing your students for (a PARCC) type of assessment, (they'll be) in good shape," he told about 40 school officials, teachers, parents and residents at McIntosh County Academy.

Even though the PARCC tests are too expensive to administer, tests that will replace them in the 2014-2015 school year will be similar in style.

PARCC tests would require reading of informational text, requiring teachers to focus on reading comprehension. The tests also abandon multiple-choice answers, forcing students to develop an answer and not guess at one.

PARCC tests have never been administered in Glynn County.

Barge, who also visited schools in Chatham, Liberty, Bryan and Long counties Wednesday, is scheduled to visit Atkinson Elementary School at Waynesville, in Brantley County, today.

Barge, who is challenging Gov. Nathan Deal for the 2014 Republican gubernatorial nomination, has plans to visit all 180 school districts as state school superintendent.

He was not scheduled to visit the Glynn County or Camden County school districts Wednesday or today.



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