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October 24, 2002
SBE to Hear Report on Statewide Assessment Results,
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
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
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
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
- 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.