ATLANTA — Students would take fewer standardized tests and teacher evaluations would be less dependent on how their pupils perform on them under a bill passed Thursday by the General Assembly. “This bill will probably have more positive impact on education than any we’ve seen in a while,” said Senate Education Chairman Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta.

Tippins, a former local school board chairman who sponsored Senate Bill 364, called the measure the legislature’s response to complaints from educators about the amount of time taken by the dozens of tests required by the state and federal government.

This bill shaves that list by a handful. Teachers also warned that a law enacted three years ago basing professional assessments on test outcomes would be unfair and undermine morale. That law required that half of a teacher’s assessment be based on student scores.

Tippins’ legislation dials back the basis to just 30 percent. Gov. Nathan Deal still must sign the bill for it to become law. He has 40 days to do it.


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