Rockdale County principals and teachers will be sharpening their pencils over the next few months to get up to speed on a pilot program for evaluating staff as part of the Race to the Top grant program.
New teacher evaluations are part of Race to the Top, a federal initiative that will dramatically change the way school districts measure progress and set goals for student achievement. Forty-eight states have signed on to implement Race to the Top.
Rockdale received $2.35 million from a total of nearly $200 million in grant funds last year to be among 26 other school districts to implement Georgia's Race to the Top programs.
Gene Baker, RCPS assistant superintendent for school improvement, and Rich Autry, RCPS chief academic officer, provided an update for Race to the Top during Thursday's work session of the Rockdale County Board of Education.