Barge touts new teacher evaluation methods
by Mark Andrews
Jan 06, 2013 | 2339 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
School will be back in session Monday and that means changes for the new year. In 2013, State Superintendent John Barge said his goals include furthering the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system as well as maintaining student safety.

“We’re still working on several projects through our Race to the Top work, the biggest one that is going to be influencing the most votes in the near future is the new teacher and leader evaluation system, so we’re continuing to work on that and make it into an instrument that is reliable and valid and one that teachers and leaders support.

“The evaluation system Georgia had as long as I’ve been an educator, which is 22 years, is the old [Georgia Teacher Observation Instrument] doesn’t even measure the work we do anymore and so for teachers it means a better evaluation system that truly measures what they do and can act as a road map to guide them into being better teachers.”

According to, “The new Teacher Keys Effectiveness System (TKES) consists of multiple components, including the Teacher Assessment on Performance Standards (TAPS), Surveys of Instructional Practice, and measures of Student Growth and Academic Achievement. The overarching goal of TKES is to support continuous growth and development of each teacher.

“... The goal of Georgia’s Leader Keys Effectiveness System is to provide leaders with meaningful feedback and to support the continuous growth and development of each leader by monitoring, analyzing, and applying pertinent data from multiple sources toward attainment of established performance goals.”

He added that school safety remains a priority in the new year.

“As I’ve said before, our schools are safe places,” Barge said. “Bartow County has been really on the forefront for a long time with their own school resource officers and they are armed.

“I know as a principal that always provided security for me having that extra level of comfort in my building and that when things got a little out of hand there was someone who I could call on who was there.”