“I will recommend to the teacher teams that the word ‘evolution’ be put back in the curriculum,” Kathy Cox said in a statement.
Cox said she originally wanted to replace “evolution” with the phrase “biological changes over time” to avoid controversy.
“Instead, a greater controversy ensued,” she said.
The proposal drew widespread criticism. Former President Carter said it exposed the state to nationwide ridicule.
The proposed change was included in more than 800 pages of draft revisions to the curriculum that have been posted by the state Education Department on its Web site.