For the third time NMACT attended the PED’s public hearing on the new teacher evaluation system. We explained the pitfalls of relying on one “high stakes” test and using observation evaluators that were not the teacher’s supervisors. As in previous hearings our concerns were not heeded. It was interesting to hear from members of the Secretary’s New Mexico Teach Committee, you know the committee that was created by the Secretary to develop the new evaluation system. Members of that committee spoke out against the proposal saying that it went against their recommendations. It is clear that the Secretary has an agenda and educator input is not respected.
Now more than ever we must remain strong and together. There will be many issues going forward and we at NMACT are in this for the long haul. While we must accept this directive from the PED we can also continue to point out it’s shortcomings. Other state’s that have constructed similar systems have already modified them, relying less on test results. We will be okay and I believe this unjust approach, that will not improve public education, will fail but I am just One New Mexico Teacher.share