Improving Teachers

Glad they could get together and talk across the aisle, so to speak, about this.

Republican State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox and state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) come from opposite sides of the political spectrum, but both agree that teacher quality needs improvement in Georgia.

I remain amazed that Kathy Cox intends to seek re-election and I expect more and more that she’s going to be in for a real primary.

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  1. John Konop says:

    Should Kathy Cox be held accountable for implementing the failed Math 123 curriculum even after it failed in NY? Should Kathy Cox be held accountable for promoting the failed NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND one size fit all 4 year college bound heavy handed unfunded mandates from the STATE and FEDERAL government instead of promoting local vocational education solutions from experts which has resulted in an out of control drop out rate? Should Kathy Cox be held responsible for using manipulated “data” numbers which covered up the real drop rate? Should Kathy Cox and her team be held responsible for using “data” in which administrators got arrested for cheating and not disclosing that on the this blog? Should Kathy Cox be held responsible for passing kids along that failed?

    …..The problem can be addressed in several ways. Students must be prevented from enrolling in “dumbed down” math classes as they have for years, she said.

    Georgia is not handcuffed by a powerful teachers union as some states are. School principals can fire their employees, Cox said. But the problem is they have to have solid evidence of a teacher’s ineffectiveness or they become tied up in court for years.

    “We’ve got to give our (high school) principals better tools to measure teacher effectiveness. Right now, a lot of it’s based on conjecture,” Cox said.

    Principals need to use standardized tests to measure teacher performance. If a school is not making AYP for three years because of math, then the math department needs to be held accountable, Cox said.

    The state’s education chief said she’s piloting a new teacher evaluation measurement that doesn’t simply mark the teacher “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory,” but links the evaluation to student progress.

    “We’ve got to measure that and hold people accountable for that,” she said. “That data doesn’t lie, but sometimes we don’t want to face the reality of the data.”…..

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