SANTA FE – In a win for teachers unions, the House Education Committee did not advance a bill Saturday that would have made student test scores the main component of teacher evaluations by law.
While House Bill 350 would have dropped the weight of test results from 50 percent to 40 percent of the evaluation, both of New Mexico’s teachers unions argue that the scores have no place in the evaluation system at all. The bill failed to advance on a 6-6 vote along party lines.
The committee did back a second proposal, House Bill 241, which allows educators to use sick leave without impacting their evaluations.
The votes came after three and a half hours of emotional testimony from more than 40 teachers, superintendents and leaders of various education organizations.