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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
2002 Public School Ratings
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