Georgia teacher rating system too easy

Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 8:47 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 12:17 AM
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ATLANTA -- The state’s new teacher evaluation system needs some work. That’s the lesson Georgia education leaders are drawing from a pilot study that unexpectedly showed only a tiny fraction of the state’s teachers are ineffective.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says a report from the state Department of Education found ratings of about 5,800 teachers in last year’s pilot study “skewed to the positive,” with less than 1 percent of teachers classified as ineffective and one in five getting the top rating of exemplary.

State officials say they expect more realistic outcomes as teachers and principals are better trained and have more time to adapt to the new evaluation system, which is to roll out statewide in the 2014-2015 school year.

Georgia is spending millions of dollars from its federal Race to the Top grant on the new evaluation system, which is meant eventually to showcase good teachers and root out bad ones by tying teachers’ ratings to their students’ academic success.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, said the preliminary results — particularly the finding that less than 1 percent of teachers are unsatisfactory — raise serious questions.

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seenitB4 01/07/13 - 08:57 am
Say what!

The proof should be in the pudding..

dichotomy 01/07/13 - 01:45 pm
Oh geez...... I can tell this

Oh geez...... I can tell this is $millions of taxpayer dollars well spent.

Here is a news flash.......members of the educational establishment are NOT going to render harsh criticisim of their brethren. After all, they never know when the tables will turn.

If you want to evaluate educators you must base it on the hard statistical results, not based on peer review or administrators that came up through the same mediocre system that we have had for 20 or 30 years. Most principals and administrators today have never seen a working, productive school system.

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