Barge responds to US DOE threat to withhold $10 million in… | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

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Barge responds to US DOE threat to withhold $10 million in… | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

Here is a statement from State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge on the U.S. Education Department initiating procedures to withhold $9.9 milllion from Georgia’s Race to the Top grant over state delays in putting a teacher evaluation program in place that weighs student performance and includes merit pay.

The state has piloted a new evaluation system, but wants more time before it ties that system to merit pay for teachers.

All along, state folks said the Race to the Top timeline was daunting, but that they could and would meet it. That is apparently not the case with the teacher evaluation overhaul, which was tested last year and found wanting by many teachers. Based on the feedback, there clearly was a need for more time to figure out this new system before evaluations were tied to pay. But that extra time could come at a price.

In a letter today to Gov. Nathan Deal, the feds outline what Georgia promised and the risk in failing to deliver on time, saying:

Through amendment requests, conversations with both the State and participating LEAs, and the Department’s program review process, it is the Department’s current understanding that Georgia has changed its strategy and no longer plans to implement the performance-based compensation system described in its approved application and referenced in its approved Scope of Work. Instead of implementing the performance based compensation system described in its application, in SY 2013-2014, Georgia intends to provide one-time bonuses to teachers and leaders for reducing the achievement gap, and in SY 2014-2015, Georgia intends to provide one-time bonuses to teachers and leaders based on the evaluation system.

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