New Mexico House panel votes to give less weight to tests in teacher evaluations


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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Less weight would be given to standardized tests in New Mexico teacher evaluations under a bill that passed the House Education Committee.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. James Smith of Sandia Park passed on an 8-3 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the full House for a vote.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) the legislation proposes a teacher evaluation system similar to one the Public Education Department put in place last school year by administrative rule.

The key difference from the current system is the weight that would be given to student test scores, reducing it from 50 percent to 40 percent.

Another 40 percent would be based on administrator observations and 20 percent on "multiple measures" that include things like attendance and parent surveys.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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