|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
January 22, 2003
SDE Names Director for Assessment and Evaluation
(Santa Fe, NM)- The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE)
announced today that Dr. Carolyn J. Henderson of Espanola has been
promoted to director for the Assessment and Evaluation Unit. Dr.
Henderson joined the SDE in 1997 and has served as assistant director
in the Title I Office since 2000.
The Assessment and Evaluation Unit is responsible for developing,
implementing and managing a variety of programs that assess and
evaluate the performance of students and programs in schools throughout
New Mexico, including the statewide high school competency examination,
student achievement tests and writing and reading assessments. It
also operates the state's General Education Development (GED) testing
"Dr. Henderson brings with her a wealth of experience that
will prove invaluable as we strive to ensure that schools are making
adequate yearly progress and children's academic performance is
increasing. Since joining the SDE, she has participated in school
district accreditation and served on work teams addressing school
improvement, accountability, charter schools, literacy and assessment.
We are extremely fortunate to have her leadership in the area of
assessment and evaluation," said State Superintendent of Public
Instruction Michael J. Davis.
"My number one concern and priority will be the fairness and
equity of our statewide assessment program for English Language
Learners. This is especially critical given that the No Child Left
Behind Act requires that 95 percent of all students, including English
Language Learners, participate in the assessment program,"
Dr. Henderson said.
From 1992-1997, Dr. Henderson was coordinator with the Espanola
Public Schools, assigned to design, coordinate and manage all procedures
and processes related to the special education program for three
and four year olds with disabilities. From 1990 to 1992, she was
an educational consultant in the Special Education Unit for the
Idaho State Department of Education.
Dr. Henderson is a former assistant professor and chair of the
Special Education Department at St. Martin's College in Olympia,
Washington, director of the Grays Harbor Regional Student Teacher
Program in Aberdeen, Washington, coordinator of staff development
for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in Palmer, Alaska,
and outreach coordinator at the University of Alaska-Juneau. She
is a former special education teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, and
Tucson, Arizona, and a former third grade teacher in Cartagena,
Colombia, South America.