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Posted October 17, 2013

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Attendance at Teacher, Parent Town Hall Meetings Growing

Meetings at Valley, Atrisco Heritage and La Cueva coming up.

What You Need to Know about testing, graduation requirements and teacher evaluations.

Turnout for the APS-sponsored teacher and community town hall meetings on student testing and how it affects teacher evaluations continues to grow. At the meeting for parents and teachers in the Eldorado, Highland and Manzano clusters held Tuesday at Highland High, some 150 community members and another 200 teachers showed up for their respective meetings.

Teachers continued to raise concerns about the weight given to student testing in the evaluation system that was adopted by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Most said that they believed that the evaluation system, which bases 50 percent of a teacher’s rating on student achievement, was weighted too heavily on student performance.

Parents of students at both primary and secondary schools said that there is more to student achievement than test scores. Many said that students should have other options to demonstrate that they are learning.

The next teacher town hall meetings are set for 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at Valley, Monday, Oct. 21 at Atrisco Heritage and Nov. 4 at La Cueva. Community meetings follow at 6:30 p.m.

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