Sept. 29, 2016
Home / Articles / News / Local News /  Re-evaluating Reform

Re-evaluating Reform

August 20, 2014, 12:00 am
The state Public Education Department has backtracked on its evaluations of Santa Fe teachers after pushback from the local school district. Initially, the department reported that just under half of Santa Fe’s estimated 900 public school teachers ranked as “effective” or better under the evaluation’s algorithm. That’s much lower than the state average of 73 percent of teachers.

Santa Fe Public Schools immediately took issue with the department’s calculations, asserting that they were much lower than the district’s own projections.

The evaluations rate teachers on a series of different categories, which include student surveys and test scores. In many cases, PED marked Santa Fe teachers with zeros in categories where data were missing and otherwise shouldn’t have been counted. Factoring in these zeros to teachers’ overall scores made the evaluations artificially low, says Richard Bowman, chief accountability and strategy officer for SFPS.

The reasons for missing data varies on a case-by-case basis. “Suppose an administrator goes into a classroom and does not rate the teacher on one of the elements,” Bowman says. “Should the teacher still get rated on that element?”

On Aug. 15, after several meetings with Santa Fe school officials, PED gave the district new evaluation figures that show roughly 67 percent of Santa Fe’s teachers rank as “effective” or better. Bowman says this is much closer to the district’s own projections. But he’ll still pore over all of state’s data for verification. He says this is being done as fast as possible.

“There will be different cases for different people,” Bowman says, “and they all need to be checked.”


comments powered by Disqus

Morning Word: Stolen Email Lawsuit Dropped

Morning Word A federal lawsuit filed by several people who had their emails stolen by Jamie Estrada, a former Republican operative who gained control of the Gov. Susana Martinez 2010 web domain, has been dismissed. ... More

Sept. 27, 2016 by Peter St. Cyr


* indicates required
Choose your newsletter(s):
August 31, 2016 by Julie Ann Grimm  
September 7, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  
August 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Miller  
September 14, 2016 by Steven Hsieh  

@SFReporter on Instagram