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PRESS RELEASE

October 4, 2002

Agenda for Public School Ratings Media Briefing
On Monday, October 7, 1:00 PM, in Santa Fe

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) will hold a media briefing (To view the complete script click here) on Monday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the SDE, Mabry Hall, located at 300 Don Gaspar in Santa Fe, to release the 2002-2003 ratings of New Mexico's public schools.

Ratings for 682 of New Mexico's 764 public schools will be released at the briefing. SDE staff will be available to answer technical questions regarding the methodology used to determine the ratings and other questions. In addition, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis will provide an update on the state's corrective action process.

School Ratings Media Briefing (1:00 to 1:45 p.m.)

I. 2002-2003 Public School Ratings Announcemen

MICHAEL J. DAVIS
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
II. Briefing on the Corrective Action Process
(3 minutes)
MICHAEL J. DAVIS
III. Questions and Answers
(20 minutes)
MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

State Superintendent Davis will be joined by Patricia Rael, the SDE's retiring assistant superintendent of accountability and information services, and Dr. Mel Morgan, who joined the SDE on October 1 as the new assistant superintendent.

"This is an opportunity for members of the media to explore their questions on the ratings and the state's accountability efforts with our experts," said State Superintendent Davis.



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