I am in Washington at the Education Trust conference and just ran into Kathy Cox, who is now here leading the staff at the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, which advises states on reform strategies.
When I mentioned the continued controversy over Georgia’s integrated math, she mentioned something that I thought might interest you.
Cox and her former top DOE aide Stephen Pruitt,a vice president with Achieve, also in Washington, both have children who were taught under Georgia’s new math approach.
Despite critics’ contention that Georgia’s math is incompatible with other states, Cox says her son and Pruitt’s two children are ahead of the game in math in their highly regarded Washington area schools.
In fact, Pruitt’s daughter was jumped a full grade in math by her new school. And his son made a seamless transition from eighth grade to higher level algebra in the local high school. Cox’s high-school age son went from Georgia math to pre-calculus and has an A- average.
Cox looks and sounds great and watched this week’s election to her former office with interest this week. She believes that John Barge will do fine as superintendent. She reminded me that Barge has to clear major changes with the state Board of Education, which may mean challenges to his intention to undo the new math and to tinker with Georgia’s single diploma.