Some teachers claim students abusing evaluation system

Created: 05/27/2014 7:17 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Not every school uses student surveys, but for the ones who do, waiting for the results can be a nail-biting experience for teachers, especially if students are hanging those surveys over educators' heads.

“There was a rating scale: How do you like your teacher? Do you like this class? There are no questions on how are you doing in this class,” said a Rio Rancho teacher who wants to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

She is one of several teachers KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to who say some students are taking advantage of the state's new teacher evaluation system.

Teachers told KOB some of those students are going as far as blackmail.

There was a group of little girls that said we are going to get everyone to fill out bad evaluations unless you give us what you want.

According to the Public Education Department student surveys can make up as much as 15 percent of a teacher's overall evaluation in some school districts.

“A 13 year-old, a 10-year-old or a 17-year-old can determine my pay? I want to know what other industry would allow that,” she said.

This teacher says the student surveys don't take into consideration the student's performance when looking at how they answered questions.

“Correlate it with the student's attendance and ask what their grade is in the class,” she said.

She says some teachers end-up giving too many pizza parties to their class--making it a popularity contest.

It's up to individual school districts to decide whether student surveys will count as a part of teacher evaluations.

Right now 59 districts and charter schools use student surveys. APS is not included.    

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