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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 11:15pm
Las Cruces, NM (KDBC) — Some major changes are being made -- to try and improve education in New Mexico. Governor Susana Martinez was in Las Cruces to discuss the reforms Tuesday. Governor Martinez explained it's all about holding educators to a higher standard.
Right now future teachers and principals have to pass exams with questions an 8th grader should be able to answer in order to get into a university teaching program. Now, teachers and principals and educators will have to answer college level questions.
“Of course it should be college standards. I mean you already been in college for two years. Before you take the test and enter the college of education. And so it makes sense that you don't have an eighth grade education to be able to enter college of education,” Governor Susana Martinez, [R] New Mexico said.
But that's just part one of the reforms. She added the state will allow professionals from the workforce to better share their expertise. For instance, an engineer can take a 40-hour class so that they can teach the subject in a high school classroom. The state has already implemented a new system for teacher evaluations - which are now based not only on classroom observations -- but also on standardized test scores.