Cox Addresses Poor CRTC Results

State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox has released a statement concerning the poor 2008 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test Scores across the state.


  1. John Konop says:

    The truth is Kathy Cox watered down standards for gifted kids. And is forcing vocational based kids or college bound kids to take math they do not need.

    Kathy Cox will drive up the drop out rate as warned when she pushed this ill thought out math 123.

    This is not about what party you are in, it is about the children. Kathy was warned that she would destroy the system with her ill thought out plan. We must all demand her resignation!

    Please contact Kathy Cox at (404) 656-2800 or [email protected]

  2. Icarus says:


    Continuing to blame Kathy Cox for No Child Left Behind is just silly. Period.

    In addition, I support the concept of gifted education and believe that these students need more resources, not less. However, I can’t believe you want to focus on the change to Gifted Math in Cherokee and not look at the fact that you have someone high up in the education establishment who wants to raise standards across the board, and make a diploma actually mean something.

    It’s not the gifted math kids who can’t work a McDonalds register or make change for a $20.

    Not only will I not ask for Kathy’s resignation, I’ll donate to her re-election effort, assuming she wants another term.

  3. ACConservative says:

    I think that kathy Cox has done real good as state edukashun lady. i cans read and rite reall good. i cans ad an subtrack two.

    In all seriousness, Kathy Cox is a driving force behind our “world-class” education system. She’s most certainly not to blame for our lagging test scores. She’s definitely not responsible for us being ranked lower than Alabama. Most of all, she is incredibly “capable” of doing her job well.

    *If you didn’t pick up on the sarcasm, you’re as big a nimwit as Kathy Cox.

  4. John Konop says:


    The truth is the Math 123 pushes students to the middle as the stated goal of No Child Left Behind.

    I happen to be fast with numbers but I use lawyers, mechanics, and hairdressers who are talented at what they do and are not.

    Cox was warned by many people this one size fit all education plan would hurt children who have skill sets outside of math. Also it would drive out gifted kids.

    The truth is both parties should hold the people accountable we elect and not protect them based on party label.

    As you know from talking to teachers the result of this program was predictable.

  5. John Konop says:

    Bobby Kahn

    The truth is No Child Left Behind a bill constructed by Bush/Kennedy that filled the pockets of lobbyist, drove education cost up a third via testing & books is the problem.

    Face it both parties took the money from the publishing companies that made money on new text books, testing and consulting while leaving the children behind and sticking tax payers with the bill.

    The problem is Kathy Cox endorsed the idea instead of fighting it with ill thought out ideas like math 123.

    This problem crosses over both parties and we need solutions not finger pointing.

    We must demand on a federal level the elimination of No Child Left Behind.

    And this is an idea on the State level.

  6. Technocrat says:

    I really support the Judge who jailed the father when the truant daughter didn’t graduate or pass GED.
    The blame must rest squarely on the parents not some offical or teacher or NCLB system, after all parents have them at home for 12+ hours and weekends, summers when they could be supplementing their government education.

    When you create life you have an obligation to society not the other way around.

  7. ramblinwreck says:

    “When you create life you have an obligation to society not the other way around.”

    If this is true why do 70+% of my property taxes go to pay for the education of sombody else’s kids? Shouldn’t my obligation to society be to NOT stick someone else with the cost of educating my kids? I don’t by the way, I homeschool.

  8. John Konop says:


    Bottom line Kathy Cox ran on improving the system and she made it worse! The reason the GOP has lost all credibility is partisan hacks in the party will make up excuses and cover failures. This is a problem in both parties now.

    The reason many of us became Republican is we support accountability. Now the reason we are independent is we tired of hacks from the party spinning failure and refusing to take accountability.

  9. Icarus says:


    You’re still missing a few key points here.

    Under KC’s tenure, test scores have improved. We’ve moved from 50th to 46th on SAT scores, for instance.

    If your expectation was that we would move from last to first in a realtively short time period, you’re not being realistic.

    Secondly, Kathy has implemented one of the toughest curriculums in the country. It took most of her first term to get through that process, and it is still being implemented. While we both disagree on the math part, I still look at it as an overall improvement.

    Third, the reason that the scores dropped on the GCRT is that we made the test harder. Students and parents have to get the message that they will have to work harder to advance through grades. Social promotion is no longer acceptable.

    Kathy is one of the few elected officials that we have who is actually doing what she said she would when she was elected. You’ve read enough of my posts to know I’ll call out anyone in either party who is acting contrary to the platform they were elected on. Kathy is not one of those people.

  10. Bill Simon says:


    SAT scores rising and falling may not have anything to do with the occupant of state school superintendent’s office.

    I know this is likely a difficult concept for you to grasp, but, truly, there are parents out there who produce SMART kids without them learning under the tutelage of the public school system, and, especially a school system run by so many bubbas for so long.

    “SAT grades rising” could be due to the fact that a smart bunch of parents from outside the state of Georgia moved here, produced kids whose parents did not graduate from UGA, and thus produced the rise in test scores by sheer numbers of outside-Georgia parents moving here.

    But, hey, you just keep on thinking Cox has the brains to fix our school system.

  11. John Konop says:


    Kathy Cox raised the standards on non college bound students and lowered them on gifted and advance students.

    The truth is not every student needs to be on a track to take algebra 2 college bound or vocational.

    What Casey Cagle ran on is putting students on the proper track. Just because a student can not track to algebra 2 they should not be a held back in school. Also if students track faster they should be able to not be held back by her math 123 program.

    The director of the math program resigned knowing this was a mistake waiting to happen.

    We now have a bad situation turned into a crisis because Cox refused to listen to teachers, principals, experts that you cannot force every student on a track for algebra 2.

    I am not sure if she is not telling the truth or is just incompetent when she said that she knew 40% of the kids would fail before she implemented the program.

    If that is true why did she not warn the schools and tell tax payers that we have to pay 40% more for kids repeating the same grade? Did she have a plan for more teachers? What was the plan? Also Kathy claims now the failure in Social Studies is via they were given the wrong test. Does this sound like a person you would trust in her position?

    Icarus I will say you do not defend people in the party like blind sheep. And that is why I did not direct the comment at you.

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