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PRESS RELEASE

October 24, 2002

SBE to Hear Report on Statewide Assessment Results, Reconsider Time Frames for Corrective Action Schools

(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will meet on Friday, November 1, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Santa Fe at the New Mexico State Department of Education, Mabry Hall, located at 300 Don Gaspar Street. The SBE will hear a report on the 2002 statewide assessment results, including the TerraNova, New Mexico Writing Assessment and New Mexico High School Competency Examination, and consider giving corrective action schools until the spring of 2004 to show improvement.

"We are pleased to report that for most subjects and grade levels, New Mexico's students are performing at or slightly above or below the 50th median national percentile. This tells us that, for the most part, our students are performing at an acceptable level," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis. "Regarding the proposal to reconsider this year's corrective action time frames, we want to ensure that the corrective action schools are given adequate time to implement their corrective action plans."

The SBE will also consider recommendations from the Educational Standards Commission (ESC) regarding four schools seeking to be removed from year one school improvement. The schools are Barcelona Elementary with the Albuquerque Public Schools, Esparanza Elementary with the Farmington Municipal Schools, Jemez Valley Middle with the Jemez Valley Municipal Schools and Magdalena Elementary with the Magdalena Municipal Schools. The rating for any school removed from year one school improvement changes from probationary to meets standards.

In addition, the SBE will consider a staff recommendation to replace the TerraNova (norm-referenced assessment) in grades 4 and 8 with a criterion-referenced assessment and amendments to its public school accountability regulation to include all the state's alternative schools in the Accountability Program and clearly delineate the authority of the SBE and state superintendent regarding corrective action. The SBE will also consider adoption of informal procedures for NMSA Sections 22-2-14 and 22-2-15 regarding the suspension of all authority of local school boards.

State Superintendent Davis will present a status report on corrective action to the SBE and the SBE will receive the results of the 2001-2002 Quality of Education survey.

The SBE will hold an executive (closed) session at the end of the meeting to consider limited personnel matters related to the state superintendent's job performance. The SBE will then return to its regular meeting to take action on matters considered during the executive session.

The SBE's six standing committees will hold meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, October 30-31, in Mabry Hall. Committees act in an advisory capacity to the SBE, referring items for action. Committee discussions will include:

  • Legislation. The SBE's Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 30, from 9:45 a.m. to noon to consider the SBE's 2003 public school support package. Final action on the package will occur at the SBE's November meeting.
  • High School Reform. The SBE's Vocational Rehabilitation, Career Education and Adult Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 30, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. to consider statutory changes to allow local flexibility in graduation requirements to prepare students for postsecondary education or the world of work.educational Standards. The SBE's Instructional Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, October 30, from 2:45 to 6:00 p.m. to hear an update on the science standards revision.
  • Accountability. The SBE's Accountability Committee will meet on Thursday, October 31, from 8:00 a.m. to noon to reconsider the time frame for local corrective action plans, hear a report on the statewide assessment results and consider ESC recommendations regarding four schools seeking to be removed from year one school improvement. The committee will also consider changing the grades 4 and 8 assessment from a norm-referenced to a criterion-referenced assessment and amendments to the SBE's public school accountability regulation to include the state's alternative schools in the Accountability Program and clarify the authority of the SBE and state superintendent regarding corrective action. Adoption of procedures for NMSA Sections 22-2-14 and 22-2-15 will also be considered regarding suspension of local school boards.
  • Financial Issues. The SBE's Finance, Transportation and Administration Committee will meet on Thursday, October 31, from 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. to consider the elimination of junk food sales on public school campuses and a report on school district financial issues in Cuba, Floyd, Loving, Mesa Vista and Vaughn.

The SBE will open its meeting on Wednesday, October 30, at 8:00 a.m., at Mabry Hall, with a retreat to consider revisions to the SBE's Rules of Procedures.

The next regular meeting of the SBE will be held on November 20-22 at Mabry Hall in Santa Fe.

The SBE's October/November agenda is available at the following web address: http://ped.state.nm.us/bd.of.ed/brditems/agenda.items/docs/agenda.oct.30.nov.1.02.pdf.




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