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Georgia state superintendent candidate wants to switch to the ITBS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010 16:58 PM

Standardized tests have become a major part of the public school system, following the passing of the No Child Left Behind Act. Because of the act, schools must pick a standardized test that they feel will demonstrate their students' full potential. One of the more common tests to pick is the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).

Three candidates are currently running for state school superintendent in Georgia, according to the Atlantic Journal Constitution. Among the candidates are two career counselors and a businessman who has been heavily involved in public education.

Kira Wills, the Libertarian candidate, currently teaches in Fulton County public schools. The news provider reports that if she is elected, she plans on replacing the criterion-referenced competency tests (CRCT) with the ITBS. Wills explains that she wants to switch to the ITBS so Georgia students can be judged against students from across the country.

The ITBS is already used in some Georgia schools, Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah, as well as most Catholic schools throughout the country.