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State to release corrected teacher evaluations after districts submitted new data

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — State officials say hundreds of New Mexico teachers who received evaluations with errors will get corrected evaluations within weeks.

The Public Education Department plans to release corrected evaluations for the past school year by end of August, department spokesman Larry Behrens said.

Education Secretary Hanna Skandera has said faulty data reported by districts during the first implementation of the new evaluation system caused the errors, but some superintendents have said they doubted districts alone were responsible.

According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1sTC2Uc ), districts submitted new data, and the state is rechecking the evaluations.

Corrected evaluations will be released to all school districts at the same time, and districts will be responsible for distributing them to principals and teachers, Behrens said.

The evaluations are based on students' standardized test scores, principal observations and factors such as teacher attendance or student surveys.

The errors included ratings based on incomplete or incorrect test data, being marked down for incorrect numbers of absences and missing data from student surveys.

Some districts reported few errors while others reported many.

The Rio Rancho district has estimated that up to 50 percent of its teacher evaluations could contain an error or problem. In the Truth or Consequences district, about 40 percent of teachers had problems.

Meanwhile, the Albuquerque district does not have such a tally.

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