Governor wants to raise the bar on teachers

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The governor wants to raise standards for teachers in New Mexico.

On Tuesday, she announced some key reforms including changes to the basic skills exam that is required to become a teacher in New Mexico.

Right now, the governor says it’s an 8th grade level exam with a passing score set in the 1990s.

The governor says New Mexico colleges and universities are now working to improve the exam so it’s more aligned with national standards.

Also, colleges and universities that train educators will be rated in a new way. Schools scores will be based on things like whether their teacher graduates helped increase student achievement.

Each year, 1,000 students looking to become teachers graduate from New Mexico colleges.

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