ALBUQUERQUE ― American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“News that NM PED Secretary Trujillo will provide a ‘Transition Teacher Evaluation Report’ is welcome news for thousands of public educators. We applaud the Secretary for executing Governor Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order Two, and not including student achievement as part of the transitional report.
“During this transition, educator evaluations will consist mainly of classroom observations and planning, preparation, and professionalism. This is a major step in the right direction to restore respect and professionalism for our educators.
“Additionally, we agree a component of parent and student voices through surveys are important. Feedback from those we serve is important in our instruction, and helps educators improve their craft. However, we believe the NM PED must work to ensure surveys are scientifically accurate and statistically meaningful. The NM PED should more accurately administer these surveys than the prior administration in order to guarantee survey scores are assigned to the correct educator, and only students and parents/guardians have opportunity to provide feedback for their current year teacher.
“We call on the NM PED and Governor Lujan Grisham to learn from the mistakes of the prior administration, and honor New Mexico educators by guaranteeing accurate survey data and survey administration during this period of transition to accurately reflect educator practice over personality.”