New Mexico PED Announces More High-Performing Teachers Than Ever Before

New Mexico PED Announces More High-Performing Teachers Than Ever Before

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) announced that New Mexico has more high-performing teachers than ever before. The 2017 NMTEACH results show more students have access to exceptional teachers, and more students are growing across all subject areas.  Similar to the state’s results in PARCC, School Grades, Advanced Placement access and success, and graduation rates, the NMTEACH system is demonstrating that setting a high bar, closing honesty gaps, and embracing accountability sets New Mexico’s students, teachers, and schools up for success.

 

“I’m proud of our teachers statewide for rising to the challenge,” said Governor Martinez. “We know every student has the potential to succeed and they deserve the very best educators to ensure they are growing and prepared for college and a career. Our teachers deserve honest feedback that will help them improve in their craft. In New Mexico, we have elevated the profession, and will continue to do so by equipping, empowering, and championing our teachers.”

 

New Mexico is on the rise, academically, with 32,000 more students in A & B schools, 15,000 more students on grade-level in math and reading, the highest graduation rate in state history at 71 percent, and more students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams than ever before. The state’s commitment to educator quality is a major reason why these student results are rising. And districts like Farmington, Alamogordo, Gadsden, Belen and Hobbs are showing incredible growth and progress by embracing reform and partnering with the PED in successful programs like Principals Pursuing Excellence (PPE).  PPE is a program that puts teacher observation, coaching, and data analysis at the heart of school leaders’ work.

 

“Districts and schools must seize this opportunity to reward and retain their best teachers, create new mentoring and induction systems, individualize coaching and professional development, and revisit placement and staffing procedures to ensure all students, regardless of background or zip code, have access to excellent educators,” said Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski. “As a former middle school social studies teacher who wanted to grow in my craft and career, I know first-hand how important it is to have a meaningful teacher evaluation system that puts student growth front-and-center. For decades, we as educators bemoaned not having the tools or information to professionalize teaching. Those days are over in New Mexico—and we must come together to build upon this foundations in the days and months ahead.”

 

Based upon multiple measures of teacher performance, including observations, surveys, student achievement growth, and teacher attendance, the NMTEACH system has now been in-place statewide for four academic years.  The system was developed in consultation with stakeholders statewide and after a pilot year in select districts and charters.  Recently, Governor Martinez announced a shift in state policy based upon extensive stakeholder input and teacher-developed policy recommendations—it aligned with leading research on teacher effectiveness and took into consideration performance data on measures such as teacher attendance.  Recently released research on NMTEACH highlighted it as one of the strongest and most honest teacher evaluation systems in the country.

 

The PED collects and collates school and district data on each teacher’s performance, and released teacher summative reports to districts and charter schools on August 31, 2017. This year, the data was released earlier than ever before. Throughout the past week, teachers and principals have had the opportunity to discuss student and classroom performance— another place where the PED has been responsive to stakeholder input.

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