Ga. moves toward standardized teacher evaluations

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is
moving forward with a plan to standardize annual evaluations for
teachers and principals based, in part, on student performance.

The
General Assembly recently passed legislation to approve a statewide
plan based on a pilot program launched a few years ago with federal
funds.

Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill into law, and
state education officials have been working with local districts to
prepare for the new system, set to be in place by the 2014-15 school
year.

Georgia is the latest state to move toward a standardized evaluation system, as advocates nationally have pushed for the change.

In
Georgia, evaluations will be divided 50 percent on student achievement
and 50 percent on other factors, including classroom observations and
student surveys. Evaluations will be required annually.