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

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

May 22, 2017

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 a 5.6 percent rise in graduation rates since 2011. “We made the commitment to high standards for students and educators,” Skandera commented. “We already did a lot of that hard work. We’re in a place now where we’re not only seeing real progress but we can set those aggressive goals and measure how students are doing.”