The state should articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, including specifying that teachers with multiple unsatisfactory evaluations should be eligible for dismissal.
New Mexico requires that teachers who do not "demonstrate essential competencies" on their evaluations be placed in professional development and peer intervention programs. If by the end of the school year the teacher still fails to demonstrate essential competencies, then the school district may choose not to renew the teacher's contract.
Unfortunately, New Mexico's effort to make unsatisfactory evaluations grounds for dismissal does not carry over to the state's dismissal policy (see Goal 5-C).
New Mexico Administrative Code 188.8.131.52
New Mexico recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.
To review the process and types of personnel evaluations observed in other job sectors, including the problems inherent to some evaluation systems see, for example, Gliddon, David (October 2004). Effective Performance Management Systems, Current Criticisms and New Ideas for Employee Evaluation in Performance Improvement 43(9), 27-36.