Atlanta Forward: Education

For the first time, Georgia teachers are facing new evaluations that rate part of their performance on student test results. The new approach reflects a nationwide effort to get away from shallow evaluations that essentially pronounced all teachers satisfactory. But has Georgia gone too far in the other direction? Two guest columnists debate that question today. Readers also weigh in on the new evaluations and the state’s attempt to measure student progress in courses where there are no standardized tests, such as drama, art, band and P.E.