New Teacher Evaluation System Takes Longer To Complete
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Columbia County, GA -
For the 2013-2014 school year, Columbia County has been using a new teacher evaluation system called the Teacher Keys Effectiveness System, or TKES. Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Carney says TKES is supposed identify under performing teachers and help them grow.
"It's a comprehensive process for the evaluations. It involves six observations, 4 short ones, which are about 10 minutes and then 2 30 minute ones," Carney said.
In the Fall, all Georgia schools will be required to use the TKES system. Teachers are graded on ten standards, and for the first time in the state, students have an opportunity to give feedback as well.
"It's also accountability. Everything is tied in now. It's never really been like this. Under the old instrument that we have had for years in Georgia, teachers were observed maybe three times a year and they really weren't tied together too well, so a teacher got judged on 3 quick visits," Carney said.
This week, Greenbrier Elementary Assistant Principal Elizabeth Harley was removed from her position because she copied the principal's observation comments and used them as her own. Harley told school officials that she felt pressured to complete the evaluations quickly after personal problems caused her to fall behind at work. Other school administrators have also weighed in on the evaluation process saying that it does take a lot more time to do than the old system did.
"They can't be in their office quite as much as they used to be anymore. To do six of those observations may not sound a lot to an average person, but that is a lot of time to be out in the classroom," Carney said.
We asked Carney if the new evaluation system is going to take away from administrator's other duties.
"I think the opposite. We've seen a 20% drop in our hearings this year. Discipline is down. I honestly think part of that is because our administrators are in classrooms more. When an administrator is in a classroom, kids behave differently," Carney said.