House committee postpones vote on teacher evaluation bill

Posted at 6:04 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-03 07:35:26-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia public school teachers may soon see widespread changes in their classrooms.

A House committee discussed a bill on Wednesday that would introduce sweeping reforms to standardized testing, teacher evaluations and attendance. However, the committee postponed a vote until Friday.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Tippins, a Republican from Marietta. A large number of education organizations from around the state gave their support for the bill, and nearly 30 different speakers signed up to address the committee at Wednesday's hearing.

Supporters mentioned rigorous and subjective evaluations for teachers, which was a cause for concern regarding the language of the bill. Also discussed was the high number of what many cited as low-quality standardized tests for students.