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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

April 16, 2003

SDE Releases 'Quick Stats' on Education in New Mexico


(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) has released its "Quick Stats" document for 2000-2002, providing statistics on elementary and secondary education in New Mexico. The document can be viewed at the following web address: HTTP://ped.state.nm.us/DIV/AIS/DATA/FS/STATE/FACTS/FACTS0002.PDF .

"The quick statistics on the web provide interesting facts on education in New Mexico. Did you know, for example, that our longest school bus route, one way, was 150 miles in 2001-2002, or that public education served 187,315 lunches each day last year, including 141,460 free/reduced price lunches?" said Dr. Mel Morgan, assistant superintendent for accountability and information services.

"The statistics speak to volume of resources directed to support public education, including revenue, expenditures and personnel, and the impact those resources are having in terms of student success," he said.

Other education statistics included in the document for 2000-2002 include the following:

  • The average class size in New Mexico was 15.2 students both years.
  • Females accounted for 51.3% of students, with males accounting for 48.7%, last year.
  • The average annual per pupil cost for transportation last year was $568.31.
  • The average teacher salary in 2001-2002 was $36,716, compared to $34,310 in 2000-2001.

Additional educational statistics are available on the SDE's web site dating to the 1993-94 school year. They are available at the following web address: http://ped.state.nm.us/div/ais/data/fs/state/st.factsheets.html.