|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
February 13, 2003
Ten Schools Honored at 'Education on the Rise Day'
For Concrete Improvements in Student Performance
(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE),
State Board of Education and The Horace Mann Companies honored 10
schools at "Education on the Rise" Day today at the state
Capitol. "We truly have something to be proud of - concrete
improvements that have led to 10 schools lifting themselves up and
out of the needs improvement stratum," said State Superintendent
of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis.
The 10 schools recognized are Sunland Park Elementary, Gadsden;
Roosevelt Elementary and Gallup Middle, Gallup; MacArthur Elementary,
Las Cruces; Tomé Elementary, Los Lunas; César Chavez
Elementary and R. M. Sweeney Elementary, Santa Fe; Rio Costilla
Elementary, Questa; East Grand Plains Elementary, Roswell; and Zuni
High, Zuni. All 10 were removed from school improvement in 2002
and are no longer rated as probationary.
"They have created flexible and innovative solutions to meet
their individual needs and challenges. But most importantly, they
have ensured that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed
and pursue their dreams," said State Superintendent Davis.
SBE President John R. Lankford, of Roswell, presented each school
with a "School on the Rise" plaque. Certificates were
presented earlier from Speaker of the House Ben Lujan of Santa Fe.
"As you can see, the sky is not falling in public education
in New Mexico. Although we are small in population, we are large
in stature, particularly in our efforts to improve outcomes for
children," said State Superintendent Davis.
A reception followed the news conference in the SDE's atrium, with
refreshments prepared by the students from Pojoaque High in the
Pojoaque Valley Public Schools.
Two of the ten schools - R. M. Sweeney Elementary and Tomé
Elementary -- are profiled in the just-released SDE 2002 Annual
Report, available on the SDE's web site at www.ped.state.nm.us .