|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
April 9, 2003
SBE Elects Del Archuleta as President, Modifies Methodology
For Rating Schools in 2003-2004
(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) approved
a modified methodology for rating schools in 2003-2004 at its Tuesday
and Wednesday, April 8-9, regular meeting in Santa Fe. Under the
methodology, New Mexico will continue to rate schools while transitioning
to a criterion-referenced system, as required under the federal
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
In order to ensure the minimum number of students statistically
acceptable in a subgroup to rate the subgroups, student achievement
data will be combined across grade levels by subject. Status and
growth data points will be assigned. Graduation rates were added
for secondary schools. A key change is that if a school lacks 95
percent participation, it cannot rate above "meets standards."
In addition, student achievement data will be disaggregated per
the following: Caucasian/White not of Hispanic origin, Black not
of Hispanic origin, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander and American
Indian/Alaskan native, English Language Learners (ELL), Special
Education and Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. The SBE will consider
further requirements to the Accountability Program in June, including
inclusion of charter, alternative and small schools and the assessment
for K-2 schools.
On Wednesday, the SBE elected new officers for 2003. They are Adelmo
"Del" Archuleta of Albuquerque, president, Eleanor B.
Ortiz of Santa Fe, vice-president, Donovan Gomez of Taos, secretary,
Catherine M. Smith of Mimbres, at-large position 1, Alfred Herrera
of Espanola, at-large position 2, and Dr. Beverlee J. McClure of
Clovis, at-large position 3.
"We should love nothing more than to come to work every day
to raise the bar. What we should be doing in the eyes of everyone
is to raise the integrity of education," said President Archuleta
upon election to the position.
The SBE voted on Tuesday to remand the charter for La Academia
de Idiomas Y Cultura Charter School to the Las Cruces Public Schools
for approval. The approval is conditioned on the school meeting
the special instructions recommended by New Mexico State Department
of Education (SDE) staff. The SBE designated 2003-2004 as a planning
year for the school.
In other action, the SBE changed the 2002-2003 rating for Valle
Vista Elementary in Albuquerque from probationary to meets standards,
appointed Dr. Marshall Berman of Albuquerque to the Educational
Standards Commission and approved amendments to align licensure
regulations with NCLB.