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PRESS RELEASE

October 8, 2002

Educational Standards Commission to Hear Probationary Ratings, School Improvement Appeals

(Santa Fe, NM)- The Educational Standards Commission (ESC) will hold hearings on Thursday, October 17, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, October 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the state Capitol, Room 315, in Santa Fe to hear appeals by probationary schools slated for their first year of school improvement and probationary schools appealing probationary attendance data points.

Under New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) rules and regulation, the ESC hears appeals from schools in year one school improvement that have rated probationary for two years. Should the ESC recommend that a probationary school should not enter school improvement, and the SBE approves the recommendation, the school's rating is changed to "meets standards."

In addition, the ESC hears appeals by probationary schools of probationary attendance data points. Appeals are allowed if a higher attendance data point would prevent the probationary rating and can be explained due to weather conditions, extreme illness, transportation problems or other such matters. The ESC has the final approval of the appeal of this data point. If approved, the school's rating is changed to "meets standards."

The 19-member ESC advises the SBE on issues relating to educational standards and accountability for New Mexico's public schools. It meets at least four times per year.

The ESC's recommendations regarding school improvement will be forwarded to the SBE for consideration during its October regular meeting in Santa Fe.

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