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PRESS RELEASE

October 7, 2002

SDE Announces 2002 Public School Ratings

(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that 81 percent of the state's public schools that were rated are meeting or exceeding the state's accountability standards. "Overall in New Mexico, more students are in school, families are engaged in their children's education and school communities are ensuring that children attend school in environments that are safe, secure and supportive," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.

A total of 682 of the state's 764 public schools were rated. Of the 682, 35 rated as exemplary, 88 rated as exceeds standards, 433 rated as meets standards and 126 rated as probationary.

State Superintendent Davis praised the state's exemplary schools. "They are our highest performing schools and serve as models and best practices for schools throughout the state and the country. The State Board of Education has set an especially high bar for these schools, because in order to sustain an exemplary rating these schools must continue to show growth," he said.

Included were seven schools that have rated as exemplary all three years of the state's Accountability Program. They are Hubert H. Humphrey Elementary and Eldorado High in Albuquerque, Animas High in Animas, Cloudcroft High in Cloudcroft, Grady High in Grady, Los Alamos High in Los Alamos and El Dorado Elementary in Santa Fe.

Regarding the schools that rated as meets standards, State Superintendent Davis said, "For many of these schools this is a significant accomplishment. But I want schools in New Mexico where students go beyond the 60th percentile in achievement. I encourage New Mexico's educators, who wake up every day committed to improving outcomes for children, to focus on this success."

State Superintendent Davis congratulated the eight schools that are no longer in school improvement due to rating as meets standards. They are Roosevelt Elementary and Gallup Middle in Gallup, MacArthur Elementary in Las Cruces, Tome Elementary in Los Lunas, Rio Costilla Elementary in Questa, East Grand Plains Elementary in Roswell, R.M. Sweeney Elementary in Santa Fe and Zuni High in Zuni. "Their journey to improve school and student performance is notable both in their efforts and the results achieved," he said.

With the announcement, there are 70 potential corrective action schools for 2003. The ratings are posted on the SDE's web page at http://www.ped.state.nm.us/dl/ratings2002.pdf.

2002 Public School Ratings Media Briefing
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