GA State Superintendent visits Albany, talks state testing

Students have Georgia Milestone testing next week. (Source: WALB)
Students have Georgia Milestone testing next week. (Source: WALB)
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Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods. (Source: WALB)
Woods was once at student at the school. (Source: WALB)
Woods was once at student at the school. (Source: WALB)

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County school had a special visitor from the state on Friday. State Superintendent Richard Woods stopped by Morningside Elementary School.

He spoke to WALB about the upcoming state testing.

It was a surprise visit.

Woods was in the area and wanted to stop by one of the first schools he attended as a student.

"It's kind of a nice walk down memory lane to come in," said Woods.

As Woods walked into Morningside Elementary, stories of his own education flooded his memory.

"It's very heartwarming to come back," said Woods as he looked around. "It makes me appreciate the education I did receive."

As Woods recalled his experiences in public education, he looked into the future, speaking about changes he's hoping to make, starting with the relationship he has with school system leaders.

"Our job primarily is to support the schools here," said Woods. "They know what their kids need. We cannot micromanage from Atlanta, and I think we have to realize that and make the necessary adjustments."

Woods said he wants school leaders to know the state is willing to help, by providing resources and advice, when it is needed.

"We don't need to reset the schools all of the time," said Woods. "We have to say let's see where were at and assess the positive and the negative and move forward together."

Next week, students will begin state testing, the Georgia Milestones.

While Woods said he uses the scores to asses the schools, he said it's only a snapshot of what's happening within the schools.

"This is just a test and I think what this test looks like may eventually change on down the road," said Woods.

As far as Dougherty County, Woods said the system has made dramatic changes over the years.

Although  superintendent Dr.Mosely is leaving at the end of the year, Woods says he's looking forward to working with the new administration.

Dr. Mosely said he was happy to have Woods in town.

ext month, Dr. Mosely and the leadership team have been asked to present in Atlanta to talk about the turn-around the school system has made in the past several years.

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