Should Student Test Scores be a Part of Teacher Evaluation?

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In a recent editorial for the Atlanta Constitution, education writer Maureen Downey takes a thoughtful look at the current teacher evaluation system in Georgia. Can teachers be fairly evaluated in a system based on a law that requires at least 50% of a teacher’s evaluation score to be tied student scores on high-stakes tests?

Downey writes, “This is a lengthy account of Georgia’s new teacher evaluation system by a teacher in a Georgia school system. Rated as highly effective in the past, the teacher helped develop the End of Course Test in his discipline”.

“In this piece, the teacher reports on a recent training session in which the presenter said teacher evaluations last year were too high and administrators were being taught how to downgrade their ratings. The teacher also shares his experience with the new Milestones test.” Article continued…

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