A Democratic state senator says New Mexico needs to take a fresh look at the way it measures student achievement – a key component of teacher evaluations, as well as school and district grades.
Sen. Michael Padilla of Albuquerque has introduced a joint memorial asking the Public Education Department and Legislative Education Study Committee to convene a working group to develop an “alternative assessment model” that goes beyond standardized test scores.
Currently, the PED mandates several exams statewide, including the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which tracks progress in math and English.
In most cases, PED weighs improvement on standardized tests like PARCC as half of a teacher’s evaluation, with measures like student surveys and attendance making up the other half. Test scores also affect school and district letter grades, which PED calculates each year.