Georgia is facing a tight deadline to develop new student assessments after the state withdrew from a group of states working to create tests aligned with the Common Core standards.
The state withdrew from the consortium last July, with Gov. Nathan Deal and state schools Superintendent citing the high costs of the tests being developed by the group.
State education officials say they're hoping to start the process soon of selecting a company to create the tests for the next academic year.
The governor said he's concerned Georgia isn't as far along in the process as it should be. Barge, who is challenging Deal in the Republican primary, says the governor hasn't expressed any concerns to him.
Deal's budget proposal this week includes $10 million to develop the tests.
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