- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico teachers are getting more detail on their evaluations under a new system that had a rocky unveiling last year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1GRdikJ) the state overhauled its teacher evaluation system to reflect students’ standardized test scores, and fewer teachers statewide were rated effective or better this year than last year from more than 78 percent to less than 74.

Teacher complaints led the Public Education Department to turn the usual one-page report into a five-page description of each rating category in an attempt to clear up confusion.

Student test scores account for half a teacher’s rating and principal observations make up 40 percent. Teacher attendance and student surveys are also part of the reports the department made available Monday and that districts are distributing to teachers.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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