Georgia's New Teacher Evaluation System Disappointing

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The trial run of Georgia’s new teacher assessment system is not returning the results that lawmakers and education experts were hoping for, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to preliminary results made available earlier this month, only a small percentage of teachers evaluated under the new system were found to be performing below par – making observers skeptical that those who are administering new evaluations were doing so correctly. The pilot covered about 5,800 teachers from around the state, and fewer than 1% received the worst scores while nearly 20% were graded as exemplary – the highest score possible. According to state education officials, this is a strong indication that the way the program is being implemented needs to be adjusted to make sure that the outcomes are realistic by the time it rolls out to the entire state during the 2014-2015 academic year. The article is in EducationNews.org.

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