The Professional Association of Georgia Educators celebrates Gov. Nathan Deal signing into law today significant educator evaluation reform and testing relief for students and schools.
“It’s fitting that Gov. Deal signed SB 364 into law on this Teacher Appreciation Day,” said Dr. Allene Magill, PAGE executive director. “These critical reforms are necessary to lessen the testing burden on students, parents and schools and to deemphasize the impact of testing on educators’ evaluations. PAGE thanks Gov. Deal for supporting these reforms that unanimously passed the House and the Senate this session.”
The bill reduces the number of state required tests from 32 to 24 during a student’s K-12 academic experience. SB 364 also reduces the percentage of student growth measures on evaluations from 50 percent to 30 percent for teachers and 70 percent to 40 percent for leaders. Further, student measures will not be utilized for evaluations unless students are in attendance for 90 percent of a teacher’s course.
Georgia’s current testing and evaluation programs are a disservice to students and educators. Over-reliance on testing interferes with the delivery of quality educational experiences to students, and the amount of testing takes away from instructional time.
Educator evaluation reform and student testing relief were the major legislative priorities for PAGE during the 2016 session of the General Assembly. The direct advocacy effort of PAGE’s legislative team at the Capitol and PAGE members’ individual efforts were instrumental in the reforms that are now Georgia law.
“PAGE will continue to work with public education advocates in the General Assembly, the Department of Education and other agencies to make further improvements in how Georgia measures achievement and how to appropriately evaluate the positive influence of educators on student success,” Magill said.