|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
April 4, 2003
SBE to Consider Methodology for Rating Schools in 2003
(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will
consider the methodology for rating schools in 2003-2004 at its
April regular board meeting, to be held on Tuesday, April 8, beginning
at 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 8:00 a.m., at
the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE), Mabry Hall,
located at 300 Don Gaspar Street in Santa Fe.
On Wednesday, the SBE will consider changes to the ratings methodology
based on the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Act. The SDE proposes to disaggregate student achievement data per
the following: Caucasian/Whites not of Hispanic origin, Blacks not
of Hispanic origin, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific Islanders and American
Indian/Alaskan natives, English Language Learners (ELL) and free
and reduced-price lunch.
A key change is that if a school lacks 95 percent participation,
it will not be able to rate above "meets standards." Student
achievement data will be combined across grade level by subject
and status and growth points will continue to be assigned. This
technique will ensure the minimum number of students acceptable
within a subgroup to rate the subgroups.
"Our goal is to continue rating schools and providing the
necessary support for school improvement and corrective action schools
while we continue the transition processes for the state's accountability
program already underway," said Dr. Mel Morgan, assistant superintendent
for Accountability and Information Services.
Also on Wednesday, the SBE will elect officers for 2003, honor
MacArthur Elementary in Las Cruces as a "School on the Rise,"
hear an update on the Cuba schools settlement plan and consider
a rating change for Valle Vista Elementary in Albuquerque for the
2003-2003 school year. The SBE will also hear a report on the status
of public school-related legislation from the 2003 Legislature.
On Tuesday, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the SDE will hold an appeal
hearing for La Academia de Idiomas Y Cultura Charter School, denied
by the Las Cruces Public Schools in January 2003.
The SBE's six standing committees will hold meetings on Monday
and Tuesday in Mabry Hall. Committees act in an advisory capacity
to the SBE, referring items for action. Committee discussions will
- Legislation and Safe Schools. The SBE's Executive Committee
will meet on Monday, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., to hear a review
of the 2003 legislative session and a report on efforts to ensure
safe schools in light of national and world events.
- Licensure. The SBE's Educator Quality Committee will meet on
Monday from 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. to consider the proposed Native
American Language and Culture license and an update on three-tiered
- Accountability. The SBE's Accountability Committee will meet
on Monday from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. to hear an update on the state's
plan to the federal government to comply with the accountability
requirements of the NCLB Act, consider the methodology for rating
schools in 2003-2004, consider a rating change for Valle Vista
Elementary in Albuquerque, review the School Safety 2000-2001
Report (formerly the Violence & Vandalism Report) and hear
a report on corrective action. The school safety report will be
released to the media during the meeting.
- High School Reform. The SBE's Vocational Rehabilitation, Career
Education & Adult Services Committee will meet on Monday from
4:15 to 6:00 p.m. to hear an update on workshops being held statewide
to receive input on options for high school reform.
- Standards. The SBE's Instructional Services Committee will meet
on Tuesday from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. to consider draft science standards.
- Financial Issues. The SBE's Finance, Transportation and Administration
Committee will meet on Tuesday from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A
report on school district and school financial issues will be
considered for the Cuba, Hatch, Maxwell and Vaughn school districts
and Public Academy Performing Arts Charter School and Robert F.
Kennedy Charter School in Albuquerque.
The next regular meeting of the SBE will be held on June 18-20
in Santa Fe.
The SBE's April agenda is available at the following web address: