Skandera fields questions, concerns about teacher evals

December 3, 2013 • Local News

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera recently visited Roswell Independent School District headquarters to field questions and comments about the state’s new teacher evaluation system.

More than 50 parents and educators from Roswell, Hagerman and Lake Arthur, as well as Rep. Nora Ezpinoza (R-Roswell), attended the Monday forum arranged by PED and New Mexico Parent Teacher Association.

Skandera acknowledged concerns about the new system, telling the audience, “I don’t know of any system that’s perfect when it’s implemented that first year.”

She said the new system is necessary to ensure quality instruction of students. Since 2003, teachers across the state have received a total of $400 million in salary increases without corresponding improvement in “student achievement,” according to Skandera.

She said the evaluations should aid in professional development by providing teachers with more thorough feedback than the former system.

During the forum, local educators expressed wariness about what they said Login to read more

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