SANTA FE (KRQE) – In many school districts part of the evaluation comes from students, but KRQE has learned anyone can get onto the state’s web site to rate New Mexico teachers, and they can do it as many times as they want.
But New Mexico’s Public Education Department still says the online student surveys are a useful resource.
Teachers said this is a big problem.
News 13 asked PED why the site does not require a log-in or password.
“In this case, it would put a burden on the districts to create log-ins, security and so forth,” said Matthew Montano, director of educator quality with PED.
He also said PED needed multiple students to be able to fill out a survey on the same computer because some classes only have access to one computer.
But Stephanie Ly with the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico said the system is flawed.
“It is a very big concern of ours if students or parents can enter data multiple times. Then it’s not an accurate student survey,” Ly said.
But PED said students should not have access to the link itself and that teachers should be setting up the survey and monitoring students as they take it.
Ly said it is still not a fool-proof plan.
“The teacher will do the very best they can and they are going to monitor, but you know there could be a time where a kid goes ahead and clicks on a different teacher and gives the score of a different one,” she said.
If that does happen, PED said it can identify those bad surveys after they are submitted.
“We are actually analyzing to see where our surveys are coming from, are they legitimate IP addresses we should be focused on? And then we’re working with districts to make sure they are following protocol as they come through,” Montano said.
To catch those bad surveys, PED said it is working with an IT team from UNM’s Institute for Professional Development. They will have to go through every survey for every teacher, knowing how many students filled them out, when and at what time, to figure out which ones are bogus.
More than 30 districts in the state are using the student surveys, according to PED.
They can count for up to 10 percent of a teacher’s total evaluation.