New Mexico educators push to revamp teacher evaluation process

Politics - Government

Teachers are asking lawmakers to support a bill that would change the way teachers and principals are evaluated. 

House Bill 212 would require the Public Education Department to create a uniform, statewide evaluation system. It would base evaluations on instructional quality, student feedback, student growth, and professional development.

In years past, teacher evaluations were based heavily on student test scores and time-off was heavily factored in. Teachers have long argued that isn’t fair. 

“What this bill would do is remove the punitive and controversial part of NMD that is using student test scores and sick leave when evaluating teachers,” Albuquerque Teacher Federation President Ellen Bernstein said. 

There would also be new ratings that range from distinguished to unsatisfactory and new improvement plans for those not making the grade.

Principals would also face a standard evaluation based on management quality, leadership quality, teacher and staff feedback, family and community feedback, and school progress.

The bill passed the House Education Committee.

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