Lawmakers to hear teachers on evaluations and pay for performance

How should public school teachers be evaluated, and is there anything besides test results that should be used as a measure?

Those are among the questions lawmakers will be asking teachers at a July 28 “listening session” hosted by the Georgia House of Representatives’ Education Committee.

Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to propose an overhaul of public education in 2017, and Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth, who chairs the committee, says he wants to hear what teachers think about it.

Among the topics for the meeting, according to an agenda from Coleman’s office: “How can the state improve teacher/leader evaluations. … The governor’s ed reform commission is recommending differentiated pay/pay for performance. How best can this process be implemented? What objective measures can be used?”

The event for teachers is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., coming after a session for superintendents, school board members and principals from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It’s all at the Oconee County Civic Center, 2661 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.

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