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Posted October 9, 2013

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Lawmakers Seek Teacher Input on Evaluation System

The state Legislative Education Study Committee has set aside time on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to hear from teachers about the evaluations that went into effect this school year.

For more information, call the LESC office at 505-986-4591 or visit their website.

The New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Santa Fe to talk about the new state teacher evaluation system. The daylong meeting will include several presentations by local, state and national experts and will wrap up with public input.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the LESC will listen to teacher feedback on the evaluation system. Each presenter will have up to two minutes to address the committee. It is recommended that teachers and other presenters write their statements and then submit them to the LESC for further consideration.

The hearing will be held at the State Capitol, Room 322.

The new teacher evaluation system mandated by the New Mexico Public Education Department this school year is a complicated system that measures teacher success through several means including multiple principal observations and student success on state-required exams.

Depending on what subject(s) are taught, the tests used to measure success could be the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment or one of two dozen end-of-course exams created by the state. If no subject test exists, teachers will be evaluated based on other measures available including the school grade given by the state.

The SBA tests math, reading, writing and science.

End-of-course tests at the elementary level include music, art and PE.

End-of-course tests in middle school include Algebra I, social studies, science, art, PE and Spanish.

End-of-course tests in high school include Algebra I and II, biology, chemistry, economics, reading, writing, computer applications, health education, integrated math, music, New Mexico history, Spanish, PE, U.S. government and world history.

Tested subjects continue to change. As early as this week, some tests were added while others were eliminated.

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