New report praises NM's controversial teacher evaluation format
October 12, 2018 06:30 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new report is praising New Mexico's controversial teacher evaluation system, even as it is criticized by union members.
The National Council on Teacher Quality released the report Thursday, naming New Mexico – along with another state – as a model of success when it comes to having a statewide teacher evaluation system.
"We're thrilled with the report that came out. We believe that New Mexico is one of the leaders in teacher evaluation across the country, and that report reflected that," said Chris Eide, the New Mexico Public Education Department's director of educator quality.
Edie said the new report confirms New Mexico's teacher evaluation system, known as NMTEACH, has been working since it was adopted five years ago. Teachers get ranked in one of five categories, from exemplary to ineffective.
"Over the last three years alone we have almost 1,000 more highly effective and exemplary teachers, which are the top two tiers then we had three years ago," Eide said. "And we have over 1,000 fewer minimally effective and ineffective teachers in our classrooms. So the trend is moving in the right way."
However, Stephanie Ly, president of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, said she feels the current system unfairly relies on student test scores to rank a teacher's performance.
"Many teachers are leaving because of this evaluation system," she said.
Ly said she believes the new report praising NMTEACH is biased.
"This report does not talk about the fact that teachers do not trust the evaluation system in place. We know that because we talk to many teachers every single day," she said.
Despite the criticism, PED is standing behind its current evaluation system.
"I think that, until we find a better way to evaluate teachers, we are going to stand by what we do and we won't apologize for it," Eide said.
The Albuquerque Teachers Federation is currently locked in a lawsuit with PED over the evaluation's structure.
Updated: October 12, 2018 06:30 PM
Created: October 12, 2018 05:43 PM
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