State schools Superintendent Richard Woods visited Eagle Springs Elementary School on Thursday, along with Northside Elementary to recognize the schools' STEM efforts.
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STEAM is the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics infused with meaningful arts integration. STEAM utilizes the arts as a vehicle for demonstrating what has been learned, while increasing creativity and teaching “habits of mind” that can be applied to any subject.
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Superintendent Woods and Senator Tippins speak in support of SB 364; lower the emphasis and weight of high-stakes testing
Coastal Courier | Midway Middle School hosted a guest Monday morning — Georgia State Superintendent Richard Woods.While in coastal Georgia to speak at an education conference, Woods visited schools in the area to hear from students, educators and community members on different matters.
[Superintendent Woods] came in with an agenda. He promised to look at certain things that were of concern to teachers and administrators across the state. He did something that I’ve not see done by a state superintendent. …
-- Dr. Valya Lee, Superintendent of Liberty County Schools
He ran a survey amongst teachers to say, ‘What's going on with you? What’s going right? What should be our concern?’ Teachers were very candid.”
She went on to say that he immediately went to work on finding solutions to problems that teachers identified.
“We’re grateful for the heart you have for our state."
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WABE | State data compiled by the Georgia Department of Education shows that 47 percent of the Georgia’s public school teachers leave the profession in five years. The department surveyed teachers at the end of 2015 to find out why the turnover rate is so high. Teachers listed the number and emphasis of mandated tests as the top reason for leaving. The teacher evaluation system was the second reason.
“We really need to re-clarify the purpose of the teacher evaluation,” Tippins said. “It should be used as a tool of continuous improvement to build more competent and higher-performing teachers. I don’t mean everyone’s failing, but I think everyone ought to be getting better at what they do.”
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SB 364 would lessen weight of test scores for teacher evaluations; reduce number of high-stakes tests for students
AJC | Senate Bill 364 comes from Sen. Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta, chairman of the Senate Education and Youth Committee.
Filed Wednesday, it comes one day after another bill on testing and evaluations. Senate Bill 355 is by several Republican lawmakers, none of them on the education committee, which has general jurisdiction for K-12 legislation.
Tippins’ bill would reduce the weight of state tests in teacher evaluations to 20 percent in school districts that enter a “flexibility” contract with the state, meaning districts that opt to become either charter districts or system waiver districts. Another 10 percent would hinge on “multiple measures” — meaning different tests — developed by school districts with consent of the Georgia Department of Education.
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