Monthly Archives: July 2013

PED Public Hearing

Monday the 29th of July NMACT will attend the Public Hearing and give comments to the Secretary-Designee regarding the new Teacher Evaluation process. Using student achievement as part of a teacher's evaluation does not concern us. Our concern is the manner the PED wants to use to determine achievement. One "high stakes" test is a very poor tool. We feel the best judge of student achievement is the classroom teacher. We are professionals and are more than capable of determining whether or not our students are learning. That is the way it was accomplished before the era of mandated tests.  Sure seemed to work well for a very long time. We are not naive and realize our thoughts will fall on deaf ears but please everyone give us your input and we will make your views known. One New Mexico Teacher...
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PED/ Legislative Update

Last week we were able to hear Public School attorneys and the Secretary Designee speak about the new Teacher Evaluation System. As to be expected the Secretary thinks it will solve all the educational issues in the State and its implementation will be flawless. School attorneys are not as convinced.  They fully understand there will be legal challenges once a tenured teacher is not extended a contract. There are just so many things wrong with the process it is difficult to believe it will survive. We have all received our school's A-F grade and once again we are mystified at how they were determined. One elementary school in Albuquerque had 80 to 90 percent of their students meeting or exceeding proficiency and yet they received a C. How can we be expected to trust the PED's statisticians to properly determine a teachers ability to do their job? I have no confidence...
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