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PRESS RELEASE

May 13, 2002

SBE to Develop Process to Evaluate State Superintendent; Accountability Committee to Meet in Taos in May

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a retreat on Thursday to Friday, May 23-24, at the Fechin Inn, located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, in Taos, to develop the process for evaluating the state superintendent of public instruction. The retreat will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and continue through 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The SBE's Accountability Committee will meet from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, at the Fechin Inn, to discuss the school ratings process and timelines, including corrective action.

"The State Board will refine the process for evaluating the state superintendent, ensuring that expectations for the position are performance driven and aligned with the board's strategic reform efforts," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis. "The special meeting of the Accountability Committee will provide an opportunity for the committee to complete discussions from previous meetings," he said.

The retreat will be facilitated by Jim Shipley of Jim Shipley & Associates, Inc., of Seminole, Florida, a firm specializing in the design and delivery of Baldrige-based consulting and training for all levels of educational systems.

In 1999, New Mexico became one of six select states to implement Baldrige in Education (BiE IN), a national effort to transform the American K-12 education system. As part of BiE IN, the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) has launched a deployment plan aligned with the SBE's strategic plan and conducted a system assessment and customer satisfaction survey. The SDE is currently creating a new organizational structure based on the strategic plan and survey results.

"This rigorous review is providing clear direction as the department improves its workplace, products and services," said State Superintendent Davis. "Establishing clear expectations for the state superintendent and a process for measuring his or her results is part of our long-term, continuous educational improvement efforts," he said.

The Accountability Committee will receive reports on the TerraNova, the New Mexico Reading Assessment and test security issues and discuss the request for proposals for the development of criterion-referenced tests (CRTs).

The next meeting of the SBE will be in Santa Fe on June 19-21.


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