Another thing Wood said Indiana needs to work on is the process after statewide testing.
“We need to have some steps in place to make use of the information, beyond just publishing it in the paper every year,” he said. “You’ve got to commit to bring them [those who don’t pass] up to acceptable levels of performance.”
He said reviewing that information can allow schools to modify curriculum to make sure all students have mastered the subject matter.
“Though that in itself will not ensure that a school is successful,” Wood added. “You know, you’re not only teaching kids the concepts that they are trying to master through the test, you’re trying to teach them responsibility, you’re trying to teach them respect, citizenship.
“There’s a lot of things a standardized test can’t measure, but they’re extremely important for schools to work toward.”
A common question that has with voters is property tax caps, something Wood said he is against.
“There are times that you can’t be locked in on an arbitrary number set in Indianapolis, because you may have very specific infrastructure needs in your community that have to be addressed immediately,” he said. “Caps sometimes aren’t conducive to doing what has to be done.”
He said the taxing rate should be a decision left to local officials.
“If they don’t do the right thing, you have the option at the ballot box to remove them,” Wood said. “I still think, again, you cannot have one size fits all for the entire state of Indiana.”
Wood — who recently retired after working 36 years in education — said he is running for the position to maintain an active role in Indiana’s educational system.
More than being superintendent, Wood has worked in the classroom as young as 19, which is when he graduated from college with his degree in teaching.