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June 7, 2002

SBE Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Changes To Accountability and GED Testing

(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) will hold a public hearing on June 14, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. in the National Education Association Building, Wood Hall, 130 South Capitol Street, Santa Fe, NM, on proposed changes to the New Mexico State Regulations on Accountability and on GED testing. The proposed changes will be presented to the New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) for action on June 21.

Comments on the Accountability draft are to be sent to Patricia Rael, assistant superintendent, New Mexico State Department of Education, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786 or to

Under the proposed change to the Accountability regulation, local districts would still be able to call for bids for Public School Management. However, any new management agreement must allow for termination if SDE determines that the local corrective action does not comply with the intent of School Improvement, is detrimental to students, is insufficient, would result in mismanagement or is otherwise not in the best interest of the school.

Local corrective action must include the five indicators (student achievement, attendance, drop-out rate, community involvement and safety), may not result in transfer of more than half of the students, and may not close or reorganize the corrective action school after it has been publicly identified or the district has been notified in writing of corrective action status, unless the State Superintendent determines closure to be in the best interest of district, school and students. Authority to suspend remains with SBE.

The regulation governing GED testing establishes a minimum age of 17 with some exceptions and a maximum age of 21. It allows non-New Mexico residents, inmates of Juvenile Justice facilities and institutions under the authority of the Department of Health to take the test and to attend a public school with proper permission upon passing.