PAGE Responds to Gov. Deal's State of the State
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Posted by: Craig Harper
The Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) appreciates the education issues Gov. Nathan Deal addressed in his State of the State speech today. The Governor is making an effort to further reduce austerity and we hope districts have the financial stability to follow through on the recommended 3 percent raise and elimination of furlough days. Further, the Governor acknowledged the harmful effects of over-testing, and he has recommended a careful review of suggestions for compensation reform before moving forward.
We believe now is the time to take action on the reality of over-testing. We now have consensus from the federal government, the state school superintendent, the Governor, school administrators, teachers, parents and professional associations that our students spend too much time testing and preparing for tests. There is no reason to delay further on eliminating unnecessary tests.
We believe the Governor is acknowledging with his comments about parent responsibility for student success that teachers should not bear the sole accountability for results. Therefore, PAGE urges the Governor and the General Assembly to support eliminating or reducing the testing-based component of the statewide teacher and leader performance evaluation system. Teachers believe in accountability and are dedicated to the success of their students. Their success with students cannot be accurately or appropriately measured by standardized tests and student learning objectives.
PAGE looks forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly on these issues.
PAGE Response to Gov. Deal's State of the State Address