Teachers’ evaluations could affect paychecks

Governor wants to raise the bar on teachers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s new teacher evaluation system could have consequences for the paychecks of teachers who receive poor ratings.

Public Education Secretary Hannah Skandera tells the Albuquerque Journal that teachers who get the two lowest ratings could face delays in moving up in the state’s licensing system’s three tiers.

Those tiers have progressively higher minimum pay.

However, Skandera says the system has flexibility because teachers with low ratings in the evaluation system can still move forward if their school principals say the teachers have improved since their last evaluations.

Otherwise, the teachers have to wait for the next annual evaluation.

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