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Teacher evaluations take time, offer more feedback
New system combines observations, surveys, test scores to rate educators
Gainesville Middle School social studies teacher Brant Glover calls on a student to offer input Friday morning on the topic of lowering the driving age. Both Hall County and Gainesville school systems have implemented a new teacher evaluation system that includes more administrator evaluations, student surveys and a look at student achievement and growth as measured by various tests.
When the new teacher evaluation system first rolled out, there was a lot of apprehension as state leaders talked about tying the evaluations to how teachers are paid. While that tie is still up in the air, though, schools are getting a much better handle on how the system works — and doesn’t work. The Teacher Keys Effectiveness System measures teachers a few different ways, including administrator observations, student surveys and students’ performance on tests.