|Georgia State Superintendent of Schools|
|January 10, 2011 - January 12, 2015|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 20, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|High school||Campbell High School (1984)|
|Bachelor's||Berry College (1988)|
|Master's||State University of West Georgia|
|Ph.D.||University of Georgia|
|Place of birth||Cobb County, Georgia|
Barge came into the office of state superintendent with over 20 years experience in education. During that time he served as a high school English teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, assistant principal, and principal. He was also the State Director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education for the Georgia Department of Education. Prior to his election as Georgia schools chief, Barge was director of secondary curriculum and instruction with the Barlow County (GA) School System.
Barge was born in Cobb County, Georgia. He graduated in 1988 from Berry College in Rome, GA, with a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations. He also holds a master's degree from the State University of West Georgia and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Georgia.
Before becoming superintendent, Barge was director of secondary curriculum and instruction with the Barlow County (GA) School System. He has also served as a principal and assistant principal, and has taught both high school English and middle school Spanish.
- B.A. in communications/public relations - Berry College (1988)
- M.A. - State University of West Georgia
- Ph.D. in educational leadership - University of Georgia
Georgia Superintendent of Schools (2011-2015)
Barge served as Georgia State Superintendent of Schools from 2011 to 2015.
- See also: Common Core State Standards Initiative
|“||"We need to know that students are being prepared, not at a minimum-competency level but with rigorous, relevant education to enter college, the workforce or the military at a level that makes them competitive with students from other states."||”|
—John Barge, The Citizen, June 11, 2014
On July 8, 2010, the Georgia Board of Education adopted Common Core or Common Core State Standards Initiative, an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. When Barge took over as superintendent in January 2011, he assumed partial responsibility for developing a plan for realizing the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) adopted under the leadership of his predecessor. The "Georgia Milestones Assessment System" was hence designed to bring Georgia in line with the raised educational standards coordinated by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. The Milestones Assessment System consists of various final exams for specific courses worth 20 percent of a student’s grade; reading and math exam scores for third, fifth and eight graders will factor heavily in whether they advance to the next grade.
To clear the way for the state to implement the new nationally-aligned standards and achievement metrics, the Milestones System will supersede Georgia's existing achievement testing regime--anchored by the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for grades 3-8 and the End of Course Tests (EOCT) administered to high school students--effective in the 2014-2015 school year. The changes are scheduled to arrive amid transition in the superintendent's office, since Barge forwent a bid for re-election in 2014 to run for governor and must retire his current position upon the expiry of his first term in January 2015. Whomever is elected to replace Barge will inherit authority over the Georgia Department of Education's implementation of the Milestones System, as well as accountability for any apparent decline in student achievement following the switch to the more challenging Milestones testing regime. Barge has warned that the adjustment may yield disappointing scores in comparison with those of past CRCTs and EOCTs, however he stressed the importance of finding a "new and more realistic baseline of student performance" which can be used to help Georgia schools meet heightened national standards.
- See also: Georgia gubernatorial election, 2014
Though eligible for re-election as state superintendent in 2014, Barge opted to run for Governor of Georgia instead. He sought the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014, losing to incumbent Nathan Deal. The general election took place November 4, 2014.
- Republican primary
|Governor of Georgia, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Nathan Deal Incumbent||72.1%||430,170|
|Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.|
|Georgia State School Superintendent, 2010|
|Libertarian||Kira Griffiths Willis||4.9%||124,547|
|Election Results via Georgia Secretary of State|
Comprehensive donor information for Barge is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Barge raised a total of $145,797 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.
|John Barge's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Georgia Superintendent of Public Instruction||$28,254|
|2010||Georgia Superintendent of Public Instruction||$117,543|
|Grand Total Raised||$145,797|
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|John Barge's Campaign Contributions|
Georgia Superintendent of Public Instruction
|Total Raised by General Election Opponents||$365,859 (Dem.)|
|Top 5 contributions||Aero Systems Engineering, Inc.||$12,200|
|C.A. Barge Properties/DBA Henry Properties, LLC||$6,100|
|Technical Training Aids||$3,000|
Barge currently resides in Floyd County, with his his wife of 22 years, Loraine. They have one daughter together.
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- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- Georgia Department of Education, "Dr. John D. Barge, State School Superintendent," accessed March 21, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Common Core: State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State,” accessed July 12, 2014
- The Citizen, "Common Core tests v. 2.0 arrive in Fayette," June 11, 2014
- The Athens Banner-Herald, "Georgia students failing at math, test results show," July 3, 2014
- Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information," accessed May 19, 2014
- Georgia Secretary of State, "Official Results of the Tuesday, November 02, 2010 General Election," accessed March 26, 2013
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for John D. Barge," accessed July 8, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
|Georgia State Superintendent of Schools
| Succeeded by|
Richard Woods (R)