Teachers say evaluations to blame for resignations

Updated: 05/27/2014 6:21 PM | Created: 05/27/2014 5:41 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

More and more metro teachers have either retired or resigned this year, and in the last two years the numbers have continued to climb.

The reason, many say, is the state's new teacher evaluations.

The numbers are clear.

More teachers in Albuquerque are retiring right now.

According to Albuquerque Public Schools, 163 teachers retired two years ago and 198 in 2013.

So far this year, 235 teachers have retired.

A spokesperson with APS says even more teachers will retire before the year is over.

While many teachers retire because of age, some say they want to get out because of what are being called unfair teacher evaluations.

According to APS, 340 teachers resigned between August and February.

A few of these teachers tell KOB Eyewitness News 4 it's because of the evaluations that are largely based on student test scores.

The Public Education Department argues the new evaluations are accurate and hold teachers accountable.

The state released data this month showing 76 percent of teachers were graded as "effective" or better under the new evaluations.

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