Georgia moves to new evaluation system for teachers, principals

The state Board of Education voted Thursday to implement a new teacher and principal evaluation system this fall that relies more on student performance and less on observation.

Many districts in Georgia have been piloting the new evaluation system for the past two years, but, starting this fall, it will cover all of the state’s 109,000 teachers and all of its 10,000 administrators.

A student’s academic growth – measured by end-of-course tests and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test – will account for half of how teachers and principals as evaluated. Observation will cover the remaining half of a teacher’s evaluation. Observation, closing the achievement gap between different groups of students and retaining effective teachers will make up the remaining portion of the evaluation system for principals.

Previously, the state’s evaluation system was largely observation-based and did not formally include the use of testing data.

By Wayne Washington
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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4 responses to “Georgia moves to new evaluation system for teachers, principals

  1. Bruce Kendall

    End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), and the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) do not assess student academic growth. These test are minimum standards tests, where a student may only have to score (before scaling) a 37 or 52 to meet standards in a specific domain. Most uninformed Georgians may presume that Seventy is the minimum standard. It is not. It does however, border on exceeding standards most of the time.

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  3. The Maureen Downey’s Get Schooled on the AJC had a lively conversation about it. A prescient point …

    The Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES)
    DeKalb is in its 2nd year of implementation. First year teacher evaluation results:
    Ineffective – 26 teachers
    Exemplary – 83 teachers
    Proficient – 6,400 teachers

    Graduation Rates
    DeKalb’s 4 year cohort graduation rate for 2013 is 59%

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