Teachers say testing, evaluation process push colleagues out

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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia teachers blame the number of state-mandated tests and changes to the way teachers are evaluated for colleagues leaving the profession.

That's according to results of a teacher survey released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Education. State officials say the survey tries to determine why 44 percent of teachers are leaving the profession before five years and fewer students are studying to become teachers.

The survey emailed to teachers received about 53,000 responses. Respondents also were concerned about lack of teacher participation in decisions about education.

School Superintendent Richard Woods says teacher recruitment is a "crisis" that must be solved. Woods says he is reviewing ways to eliminate state tests for some students and encouraging administrators to focus evaluations on new or struggling teachers.

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