The most important thing to remember about the Georgia State Teachers’ Retirement System is that the system is run by the state.
But the system’s flaws have been a constant for years.
There’s the time it was caught red-handed falsifying teacher evaluations, a scandal involving teacher training programs, and a scandal with a former teacher that rocked the system in 2015.
The current system, on the other hand, is a mess.
It has long been under investigation by the Georgia Office of Inspector General, which found that it was “not being implemented properly,” and has been under scrutiny by other state agencies, including the Georgia Department of Education.
Its flaws have only worsened over time.
“They have a history of falsifying evaluations,” said Georgia education lawyer Mark Parnell.
“They have been known to overcharge and undervalue teachers, to make it seem like teachers are getting the best of a bad system, when in fact the truth is teachers have a lot of challenges.”
“The system has a history, the current system is a legacy,” Parnll added.
“The current teacher evaluation is still a legacy, and that is one of the reasons why it is so important to have a reform in place.”
Parnell’s research has revealed that the current teacher evaluations are based on standardized tests, which are “a highly subjective and unreliable way of assessing teaching.”
Parnill also said the current ratings “are a very poor way to judge teachers” because they do not take into account what teachers actually learn.
And Parnells research shows that a teacher who is rated “fair” on the standardized test will earn less money than a teacher rated “poor” on that test.
“[The teachers] are not being evaluated on what they teach.
That’s the whole problem,” Pannell said.
Pannell’s work with Georgia’s Education Department has helped inform the current reforms in Georgia’s teachers’ retirement system.
The reforms were announced last year, and they were unveiled to the public on Thursday.
The new system is “completely different than the old one,” said Parnello.
It is a “completely new system that requires a lot more thought, a lot better training, and it’s much more focused on teacher quality, and teacher retention, and student success, than the current model is,” he said.
Parnillo said he thinks the reforms will result in better outcomes for teachers.
Currently, teachers have to sit for multiple standardized tests.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, this means that teachers will only be able to sit two tests in a year, which means that they will have to take multiple standardized testing classes, which can result in them having to take more classes and be in a class for three or four hours per day, rather than one class and two hours per week.
However, Parnelli said that the new system “is much more efficient than that.”
According the Georgia secretary of state’s office: “The existing system of using the teacher evaluation in Georgia has been in place since 2013, and the current rating system is based on the most recent tests taken by the teachers, and requires additional training for teachers.”
Georgia is now one of just four states that require teacher evaluations to be used as the basis of teacher evaluations.
Pannello said the changes “are much more equitable than the previous model.”
The reforms are the culmination of a five-year process that involved public input, an investigation, and input from state agencies.
The changes are intended to make Georgia’s teacher evaluation systems “more representative of the country as a whole,” according to the new state superintendent of public instruction.
For example, Pannelli said the reforms are intended “to ensure that we are taking the most rigorous steps to ensure that teachers are able to effectively prepare their students for teaching.”
But, he added, “We need to keep in mind that we don’t have enough teachers in Georgia, and we are still in the process of finding that teacher.
That will take time.”
Currently there are just two states that use the teacher evaluations as the base for teacher evaluations: Georgia and Florida.
Florida, a state with a population of nearly 14 million, has been one of several states that has introduced teacher evaluations that do not require standardized tests or standardized testing programs.
Georgia, which has a population around 20 million, is also one of five states that does not require teachers to take standardized testing, and only requires that teachers take two tests that are taken in a semester.