SANTA FE — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system won approval 37-0 in the state Senate on Thursday and now heads to the House.
The legislation, Senate Bill 247, would set broad parameters for evaluations and allow the state Public Education Department to fill in the details.
Teachers would be evaluated by trained observers, student learning growth and feedback from students.
Supporters said the proposal is intended to be less punitive and focus more on professional development than the current system. Under the proposal, teachers who don’t get better would face increasingly intensive intervention.