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State School Super Resigning
Monday, 17 May 2010
May 17 -- State School Superintendent Kathy Cox today announced she will leave her post effective June 30 to become the founding CEO of the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI). She will take the helm of EDI on July 1.

EDI is a non-profit dedicated to building the capacity in state public education systems to implement school reform effectively. Launched by Achieve and The Education Trust and with a major pro bono contribution by McKinsey & Co., this new organization will adapt and apply practices developed in the United Kingdom by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unitwhich was led by EDI's founder Sir Michael Barber. In doing so, EDI will help K-12 and higher education systems connect the dots between state policies and the schools and teachers that must implement them to ensure that they have their intended benefit: dramatically improved student outcomes.

Since 2003, Superintendent Cox has made significant strides in ensuring that Georgia?s public K-12 students are leading the nation in improving student achievement. Under her leadership, the nationally-recognized Georgia Performance Standards were developed.  She implemented more rigorous graduation requirements for all students and has helped increase the graduation rate by 15 percentage points (63.3% in 2003 to 78.9% currently).

"I will greatly miss my colleagues and friends in Georgia, especially at the Department of Education," said Superintendent Cox.,"but I feel confident that I will be leaving the Department and Georgia's public K12 system better than I found it.  And in this new position, I will have many opportunities to work with leaders across the country, including Georgia, so I will still be able to help Georgia continue making great progress."

"Superintendent Cox has been a passionate advocate for Georgia's students, committed to improving achievement for every child," said Governor Sonny Perdue. She pushed strongly for a more rigorous curriculum, which is preparing our students to compete on the global stage. While we will miss her here in Georgia, I share her excitement in this new opportunity."
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