Santa Fe teachers’ evaluation scores rise

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera says evaluations incorrectly rated Santa Fe public school teachers.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Skandera said Friday that initial ratings indicated fewer than 50 percent of Santa Fe teachers were “effective” were inaccurate because of bad data.

Revised scores now show 67 percent of the teachers were rated effective or better. Rankings in several evaluation categories have gone up.

Santa Fe Superintendent Joel Boyd has previously said the new teacher evaluation results were wrong.

Skandera says the department is still learning and improving under the new evaluation system.

The Santa Fe district turned in required data for its evaluations a month after other districts.

Skandera says the education department will change the deadline for gathering data next year.

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