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"Ineffective" teachers partially responsible for low test scores


State Department of Education officials told Dougherty County School Board Members Monday night they need to make sure two struggling high schools improve test scores. They put part of the blame on ineffective teachers.

Dougherty and Monroe High Schools scored well below the state average in mathematics for the End of Course Test in 2012. In March, education officials held walk-throughs in the two schools to assess teacher effectiveness.

Those state officials put 70% of teachers into "needs improvement" or "ineffective" categories when it comes to structural strategy and positive student environment.

Department of Education official Dr. Samuel Taylor said, "When you have ineffective teachers, we really need to look at what's going on with these ineffective teachers.

Interim Dougherty County School Superintendent Dr. David Mosley said, "We have to make some recommendations for improvements in staffing for highly qualified teachers in some areas, administrators that are committed to turn around and make some tough decisions."

Dr. Taylor recommended hiring staff better equipped to take on the task of turning the schools around. He says the Department of Education is willing to help in the search.

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