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State's Colleges of Education to Be Evaluated Next Year

Albuquerque Journal (06/11/14) Swedien, Jon

The New Mexico Public Education Department and the Department of Higher Education, along with individual higher education institutions, will produce report cards for the state's six colleges of education in order to graduate better teachers. The report cards will be based, in part, on how well a school's graduates perform on the state's teacher evaluations, and State Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says the first edition of the report cards will be released by the end of the next school year. She says the report cards will be based on how each alumni from each college scores on the state's teacher evaluation system during their first three years in the profession; how students fare on the state's mandatory teacher exam, the difficulty of which the governor wants to increase; retention rates for alumni rated as "effective" or better on their teacher evaluations; and whether the higher education institutions increase the number of STEM teachers they graduate. Skandera says the last criterion could change to address future teacher shortages.
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