Georgia should wait on new teacher evaluation system, educators say | Online Athens

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Jun

Georgia should wait on new teacher evaluation system, educators say | Online Athens

The U.S. Department of Education recently offered states with waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind Law permission to wait another year before implementing controversial new teacher evaluation methods.

Georgia qualifies, but state education officials don’t know yet if they will accept the offer to wait until the 2015-16 school year to implement a new assessment method that heavily weighs student achievement and test scores.

“We are still determining how this will affect the development of our Teacher and Leader Keys Effectiveness program,” said Dorie Nolte, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Education. “We anticipate additional guidance from the Education Department in the next few days that will help clarify what the next step will be.”

However, some state and local educational leaders say the state should take the offer and wait.

“We need a little more time to do it more thoughtfully,” said Tim Callahan, public relations director for the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. “(Georgia officials) are free to take longer, and we hope they will.”

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