Current through Register Vol. 33, No. 7, April 5, 2022

A. Beginning with 2017-2018 school year and during each succeeding school year, every classroom teacher must be formally observed using one of the following options, with at least one of the required observations conducted by the school principal or assistant principal:
(1) three observations conducted by the same certified observer; or
(2) two observations, consisting of one observation by each of two different certified observers.
(3) one observation by a certified observer for teachers that have received a highly effective or exemplary rating on their most recent NMTEACH summative report, inclusive of fifty percent of the possible student achievement points.
B. In addition to formal observations, an informal walkthrough observation shall be conducted aligned to district priorities, with feedback provided, for each teacher within the first 45 days of the teacher's first day of instruction.
C. An approved or certified observer must use a PED-developed protocol and form that contains at a minimum the observer's name, the classroom teacher's name, the date, the start and stop time of the observation, the number of students present, space for subjective and objective observation, and a total point score for that teacher. An external observer must further:
(1) complete the written observation of a classroom teacher before leaving the school on the day of the observation;
(2) agree to maintain confidentiality of the observation and agree not to discuss the observations with anyone except the principal; and
(3) verify that the observer has not retained or removed a copy of the observation or field notes from school premises.
D. Written feedback from a school leader and an approved or certified observer shall be provided to an observed classroom teacher within ten calendar days after observation is completed, which observation can occur over more than one day, provided that a school district's EES permits this.
E. The school leader responsible for supervising a licensed school employee shall be the one who evaluates that employee's performance. The school district's EES:
(1) may provide for the supervisor to consider input from other trained evaluators and observers provided that they are not also supervised by the supervisor nor are related by blood or marriage to the supervisor; and
(2) shall provide for contingencies if a supervisor leaves a school district for any reason prior to completing the required effectiveness evaluations of all teachers within that supervisor's responsibilities.


N.M. Code R. § NMAC - N, 08-30-12; A, 09-30-13, Adopted by New Mexico Register, Volume XXVIII, Issue 15, August 15, 2017, eff. 8/15/2017

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