ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — American Federation of Teachers-New Mexico and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation filed a motion against the state Public Education Department for using its teacher evaluations to decide which educators can teach at Albuquerque’s lowest performing schools.
The unions recently filed the motion in state District Court in Santa Fe, saying that a 2015 injunction prohibits PED from using value-added models (VAM) – including PED’s teacher evals – in a way that “affects teacher tenure or disciplinary status” until a final decision on the merits of VAM can be made, which is scheduled to happen this fall.
The motion notes that Albuquerque Public Schools can’t re-employ teachers, at “more rigorous intervention” schools Los Padillas and Whittier elementaries, who aren’t rated as effective or better per PED’s condition on the schools.
“These teachers are being removed from the school under PED order based on their VAM score,” said Shane Youtz, the unions’ attorney. “Absolutely, we want to get the best teachers to the students in need, but the notion that this is the best and accurate way to do that is not supported by any evidence.”