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Posted October 2, 2013

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Town Hall Meetings Scheduled to Discuss Testing, Graduation Requirements

Superintendent Winston Brooks and the APS Board of Education will host half a dozen public meetings to provide information on public school testing from kindergarten through high school.

Because teachers are understandably concerned and confused about the new teacher evaluations, APS administrators are hosting teacher town hall meetings to provide more information and answer questions.

Half a dozen meetings will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. at APS high schools over the next month. Chief Academic Officer Shelly Green, Policy Analyst Carrie Menapace, testing officials, union representatives and others will be on hand to talk specifically about testing and its impact on evaluations.

“We encourage teachers to attend one of these meetings because this will be an opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on testing and teacher evaluations,” said Green.

Among the topics discussed will be how state-mandated tests such as the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) as well as End of Course exams will affect teacher evaluations.

State-mandated End of Course exams will be given for the first time this year at all grade levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade. So far, the state has developed more than two dozen End of Course exams that will be used for teacher evaluations.

Tested subjects at the elementary level include music, art and PE.

Tested subjects in middle school include Algebra I, social studies, science, art, PE and Spanish.

Tested subjects 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.

Here is a list of the town hall meetings. Teachers are encouraged to attend the meeting for their cluster. All meetings are from 4-5:30 p.m. and will be followed by community meetings on testing at 6:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, for the Cibola and Volcano Vista clusters in the Volcano Vista performing arts center
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, for the Rio Grande and West Mesa clusters in the West Mesa performing arts center
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the Manzano, Eldorado and Highland clusters in the Highland performing arts center
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, for the Albuquerque, Del Norte, Valley and Schools of Choice clusters in the Valley performing arts center
  • Monday, Oct. 21, for the Atrisco Heritage cluster in the Atrisco Heritage performing arts center
  • Monday, Nov. 4, for the Sandia and La Cueva clusters in the La Cueva performing arts center.
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