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20th Annual MIS Conference 2007

Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools

Georgia Department of Education

As the State Superintendent of Schools and the Chief Executive Officer of the State Board of Education, Kathy Cox has led Georgia's 181 public school districts since her election in November of 2002. She has made countless contributions to public education through her 15 years as a classroom teacher and her service for two terms in the Georgia legislature as a State Representative. Improving communication among the state's leadership, school district superintendents and education stakeholders and cultivating strong partnerships with the Governor and the State Board of Education, Superintendent Cox has successfully rallied Georgia's education partners around a single unified vision of "leading the nation in improving student achievement."

Focused on the fundamental belief that all children can learn and deserve a high quality education, Superintendent Cox successfully oversaw the implementation of No Child Left Behind legislation and led the creation and adoption of the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS)—a world-class, standards-based, statewide curriculum that sets high expectations for all of Georgia's students. She has moved the Georgia Department of Education towards more data driven decision-making, particularly in relation to school improvement and student achievement, and has reorganized the department into a policy driven, service oriented agency that serves local school systems as they prepare all students for success in college and a career in the 21st century workforce.

As the mother of two school-age sons, Superintendent Cox passionately seeks and cultivates policies and programs that support teachers, empower parents, and inspire students. She has dedicated her entire career to the education and welfare of Georgia's most precious resource—its children.