Unsatisfactory Evaluations: New Mexico

Exiting Ineffective Teachers Policy


The state should articulate consequences for teachers with unsatisfactory evaluations, including specifying that teachers with multiple unsatisfactory evaluations should be eligible for dismissal.

Meets goal
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Unsatisfactory Evaluations: New Mexico results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/NM-Unsatisfactory-Evaluations-10

Analysis of New Mexico's policies

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). 


Recommendations for New Mexico

State response to our analysis

New Mexico recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.

Research rationale

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.