SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Unions representing teachers and other educational employees organized protests Wednesday against a teacher evaluation system by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration that heavily bases ratings on student performance on standardized tests.
National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers encouraged teachers to wear black and participate in rallies across the state.
About 100 people gathered in Santa Fe outside of the building housing the Public Education Department. One person carried a placard, “Stop Blaming Teachers.”
Educational union officials contend that a heavy reliance on student testing is hurting educators rather than helping students.
Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera defended the evaluation system Wednesday in testifying to a legislative panel but said she was open to “tweaks and changes” to improve it.