New Mexico

NM Dept. of Ed Praised for Top Rankings in Peer Review

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board praised the state’s Education Department for receiving top rankings in the Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success’ analysis of submitted ESSA state plans. The editorial board was “encouraged to see that PED’s plan for lifting our state...

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NM Teacher Discusses Importance of Assessments

Local Rio Rancho teacher Ashley Randall stressed the importance of testing in education in a recent opinion piece. She discussed the opportunity that New Mexico has under ESSA “to examine the amount of time spent on testing and take steps to ensure students are only...

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Real Clear Ed Highlights NM’s Efforts to Develop ESSA Plan

Real Clear Education examined New Mexico’s efforts to develop their ESSA plan, looking at the fight between New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera and the hyper-partisan teachers’ unions, and the ongoing struggle over how to best implement ESSA. The article highlighted the state’s education improvements, including...

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NM Education Secretary Begins 8-City Tour

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera began an eight-city tour to gather public feedback on New Mexico’s ESSA implementation plan. Skandera’s goals are to close gaps in achievement and to improve the state’s education system. She added, “Proficiency rates dropped pretty exponentially when we shifted...

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NM Albuquerque Journal Expresses Support of State’s ESSA Plan

The Albuquerque Journal editorial board wrote in support of the state’s ESSA implementation plan. The board commented that the plan “capitalizes on the state’s nascent positive momentum” and “fuels it with input from some of the people who have already made our K-12 public education...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) Nevada: Final...

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NM Working Groups Help Navigate Details of State Plan

In addition to its ongoing series of community forums seeking feedback on New Mexico’s state implementation plan, the Public Education Dept. has also set up four working groups. These working groups are made up of experts from around the state to help navigate the technical...

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