PED releases 2016 results of controversial teacher evaluations

PED releases 2016 results of controversial teacher evaluations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Public Education Department has released the 2016 teacher evaluations:

To view the key points from the evaluations, click here.

State education officials say New Mexico is making progress and has more highly effective and exemplary teachers now than every before.

The state teacher evaluations have been a controversial subject in years past.

Teacher evaluations are based on several things including attendance and tests scores. The Public Education Department says they’re necessary to hold teachers accountable; but teachers have protested, saying they’re unfair.

The Public Education Department (PED) released results of the 2016 teacher evaluations Friday, and the union had a lot to say.

It’s the third year of teacher evaluations, and PED said this year’s data is more accurate than the first two years, but the teacher’s union continues to claim the entire system is unfair.

This year’s evaluations show more than 1,000 of the 21,000 teachers included were considered ineffective – that is an increase of two percentage points from last year.

Also increasing, the number of exemplary teachers. There are now 800, an increase of more than one percentage point from 2015.

But the report shows the majority of teachers fall in the middle. PED said this year’s evaluation is more comprehensive than year’s past.

“Most recent year of data is included. We have a simplified process. No teacher has data that is not related to his or her students. In the past there was data from a school that was included in the teacher’s evaluation,” said Hanna Skandera, secretary, Public Education Department.

The teacher’s union said student test scores are not an accurate reflection of teaching quality and should be separate from teacher evaluations.

“Teachers want to be evaluated, we want feedback on our work. We want our principals to talk to us about our teaching. We don’t want it tied to a test score,” Ellen Bernstein, president, Albuquerque Teachers Federation.

PED delayed the release of this year’s NMTEACH results — waiting until after the start of the school year to ease teacher’s fears of it affecting their jobs or pay for this school year.

The teachers union has sued trying to halt the evaluations. Right now, there is a temporary injunction that protects teachers from negative consequences as a result of the evaluation. A hearing on that is scheduled for October.

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