Ga. Dems Call on Republicans for Eduction

ATLANTA (AP) _ Democratic leaders in the Georgia House of Representatives will hold a news conference calling on Republicans to address high failure rates on state tests.

It's scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The official Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests scores released last week confirmed that 38 percent of eighth-graders failed the math test, which represents nearly 50,000 students.

State education officials threw out social studies scores on the test for sixth- and seventh-graders explaining that the test did not line up with the curriculum. Seventy to 80 percent of students who took the test failed it.

House Democrats plan to call on Gov. Sonny Perdue and State Schools Superintendent Kathy Cox to take action on the testing woes.