First look at controversial teacher 'report cards'

Posted at: 01/10/2014 5:46 PM
Updated at: 01/10/2014 5:47 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A preliminary example of the report card New Mexico teachers will receive from the state has been released. Already, teachers and school board members are expressing confusion, concerns and frustration.

Ellen Bernstein with the Albuquerque Teachers Federation says the formula that determines the value-added numbers is not only bad, but problematic nationwide.

The scores, averaged over three years of data, will be based on several components: 50 percent on student achievement; 35 percent on standardized test scores; 25 percent from observation; 25 percent on professional responsibility and attendance; and the remaining 15 percent is determined from end of course exam scores.

"This is holding the test as everything," Bernstein said.

Albuquerque Public School board member Kathy Korte agrees that the formula doesn't make sense.

"There was a recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican and Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists can't figure this model out," she said.

Given the fact that more unpredictable results will surface at the end of the school year, Korte says it's no wonder teachers have concerns.

"My biggest fear is that if and when teachers get their data, what kind of reaction are they going to have to it?" she said.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 reached out to the Public Education Department and a spokesperson defended the evaluation model, saying it's proven to be sound, objective and reliable.

"All teachers are measured on the growth students make in learning, no matter which level they begin at," the spokesperson said.

The evaluations will not be made public. Only the individual teacher and superintendents will be able to review them.