New Mexico

New Mexico

April 30, 2015

New Mexico “Earns Praise” for School Improvement Plan

December 2, 2018

Robert Nott reports for the Santa Fe New Mexican about how the state was given “high marks” for its school improvement plan under ESSA as part of the Collaborative’s Promise to Practice peer review project and report. Peer reviewers found a lot to like with...

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New Mexico “Leading the Way” Under ESSA

November 20, 2018

All4Ed’s Lindsey Dworkin writes about how New Mexico is taking full advantage of the flexibility afforded by ESSA and is “leading the way” for other states. New Mexico was one of the first states “to identify schools for comprehensive support,” and is leveraging “every possible...

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NM Proposes Tougher Accountability Rules

November 10, 2018

According to Shelby Perea in the Albuquerque Journal, in the final weeks of Governor Susana Martinez’ tenure, the state Public Education Department is proposing a number of rule changes, including for school accountability and interventions. If approved, the potential regulatory shift “would put parts of...

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NM Announces Funding to Help At-Risk Students

October 14, 2018

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, state Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski recently announced his department has initiated the new Direct Student Services Initiative “to make $7.7 million in funding available for at-risk students, a measure that fits into the state’s adoption of the federal...

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“Redesigning Education” in New Mexico

June 25, 2018

Elizabeth Sanchez writes that, earlier this month, the New Mexico Public Education Department “partnered with Johns Hopkins University and schools across New Mexico” for a kick-off conference for the upcoming High School Redesign Network, which represents an “opportunity for high schools considered comprehensive support and...

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New Mexico Embarking on School Turnarounds

June 5, 2018

“Recently, officials from Albuquerque Public Schools signed off on the nation’s first school turnaround plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” Amanda Aragon, executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN writes in The 74 Million. While questions remain about the extent of the state’s authority to hold districts...

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Ten Schools Chosen for New Mexico High School Training Initiative

April 19, 2018

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Public Education Department has selected 10 schools to participate in its inaugural High School Redesign Network, a three-year training initiative. “The network is a powerful opportunity to re-imagine our students’ high school experience to meet the demands...

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State Ed Officials to Four Worst Districts: “Not Good Enough”

April 9, 2018

“When the New Mexico Public Education Department was handed plans meant to improve the four worst schools in the state,” reports Kate Stringer in The 74, the department sent them all back in March with the same response: “not good enough.” This kind of “aggressive back-and-forth...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Approves NV, NJ, and NM’s ESSA Plans

August 9, 2017

The Dept. of Education approved Nevada, New Jersey, and New Mexico’s ESSA plans. States must implement their plans for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Center for American Progress Expert Gives Perspective on the Check State Plans Peer Review Process

July 24, 2017

Scott Sargrad, managing director of K-12 Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, wrote a letter to the editor clarifying that the Check State Plans peer review process was conducted by reviewers who were genuinely interested in identifying policies that will help all students...

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

July 5, 2017

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

June 4, 2017

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

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...

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NM Education Secretary Begins 8-City Tour

April 23, 2017

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

April 17, 2017

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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NM Working Groups Help Navigate Details of State Plan

October 31, 2016

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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NM Public Education Department Co-Host Regional Community Meetings

September 16, 2016

The New Mexico Public Education Department will co-host regional community meetings this fall to solicit input from the community on the development of New Mexico’s state plan. The meeting dates are listed here.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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