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

A. "Assistant principal" means a properly licensed instructional leader who assists a principal in a public school.
B. "BIE school" means a bureau of Indian education school that is governmentally owned and controlled, located in New Mexico, provides instruction for first through twelfth grades and is not sectarian or denominational.
C. "Certified observer" means an individual who:
(1) holds an active level 3-B license or an active teaching license;
(2) is employed by a school district or charter school as an administrator or a teacher as defined by this rule;
(3) completes the PED's teacher observation training and who passes the PED's assessment of the adopted observation protocol;
(4) receives a highly effective or exemplary rating during the previous school year; and
(5) completes follow-up training and who passes the PED's assessment of the adopted observation protocol on an annual basis; for purposes of this subsection, annual basis means the earlier of August 1 of a given school year or 90 days after hire; provided, however, that the annual training and certification is transferable within the state.
D. "Department" means the New Mexico public education department or PED.
E. "EES" means effectiveness evaluation systems developed by the department.
F. "Fidelity observations" means the requirement of school leaders to periodically observe and evaluate assigned teachers in the classroom with observations that have been documented and are verifiable.
G. "Licensed school employee" means teachers and school leaders employed in a public school.
H. "Novice Teacher" means a person who holds a level one or a level one alternative license and is in their first year three years of teaching.
I. "Principal" means the chief instructional leader and administrative head of a public school.
J. "School district" means one of the 89 political subdivisions of the state created for the administration of public schools and includes those state-authorized charter schools that have not requested waiver of evaluation standards for school personnel. District-authorized charter schools are excluded from being considered a school district for purposes of this rule.
K. "School district superintendent" means the chief executive officer of a school district and the head administrator of a charter school.
L. "School leader" means a principal or assistant principal employed in a public school.
M. "State agency" means the New Mexico military institute, the New Mexico school for the blind and visually impaired, the New Mexico school for the deaf, any juvenile detention center or facility served by the juvenile justice service of the children youth and families department, the New Mexico youth diagnostic and development center, the Sequoyah adolescent treatment center of the department of health, Carrie Tingley crippled children's hospital, the New Mexico behavioral health institute at Las Vegas and any other state agency responsible for educating resident children.
N. "Teacher" means a person who holds a level 1, 2, or 3-A license and whose primary duty is classroom instruction or the supervision, below the school principal level, of an instructional program or whose duties include curriculum development, peer intervention, peer coaching or mentoring or serving as a resource teacher for other teachers. "Teacher" shall not include any person issued a Native American language and culture certificate pursuant to the School Personnel Act.


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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