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​Senator Lindsey Tippins honored with Superintendent’s Impact Award

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June 9, 2016 – State School Superintendent Richard Woods honored State Senator Lindsey Tippins with the second Superintendent’s Impact Award today, in recognition of Sen. Tippins’ sponsorship of Senate Bill 364.


SB 364, which was signed into law May 3, eliminates eight high-stakes tests. It reduces the weight of test scores on the teacher and leader evaluation systems – from 50 to 30 percent for teachers, and 70 to 50 percent for leaders. The bill also adds a true professional growth component to the teacher and leader evaluation systems, increases the percentage of days students have to be present in class to count toward a teacher’s evaluation, and allows all districts to implement tiered observations. 


“Senator Tippins’ bold leadership will have an impact on generations of Georgia students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “As a result of this legislation, students will spend less time taking and preparing for high-stakes tests, and their teachers – through positive refinements to the evaluation system – will be able to focus on the needs of students rather than only test scores. I’m honored to recognize Sen. Tippins for his dedication to students and educators.”


The Superintendent’s Impact Award recognizes Georgians who are not educators, but who make a positive impact on the lives of Georgia’s schools and students. Sen. Tippins is the second recipient of the award. Superintendent Woods recognized Representative Brooks Coleman with the Superintendent’s Impact Award in August.​