PRESS RELEASE - May 21, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

SDE Posts May Corrective Action Reports on Web Site

(Santa Fe, NM)—The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) on May 15 posted the May progress reports on the state’s 14 corrective action schools on its web site. The 14 individual reports are available at http://www.ped.state.nm.us/cft/ca.team/index.html.

“These reports provide critical information for all local and state stakeholders on the progress of New Mexico’s corrective action schools,” said Dr. Mel Morgan, the state’s assistant superintendent for Accountability and Information Services. “This is the last of seven monthly reports provided to the public this school year on how schools are adhering to their local corrective action plans and the mandatory conditions required of them by the state superintendent of public instruction.”

By action of the New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE), the schools have until the spring of 2004 to meet standards or qualify for an extension of school improvement. The SBE retains continuing jurisdiction over all matters of corrective action. At any time the state superintendent determines progress is not occurring, a proposed notice of suspension can be issued. “Our mission is to assist the schools in keeping their focus on the implementation of their corrective action plans and instruction,” Dr. Morgan said.

The corrective action schools are:

· Albuquerque Public Schools: Lowell Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Polk Middle and Washington Middle
· Bernalillo Public Schools: Santo Domingo Elementary
· Central Consolidated Schools: Mesa Elementary and Tse’ Bit’ai Middle
· Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools: Churchrock Elementary, David Skeet Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle and Thoreau Middle
· Grants-Cibola County Schools: Laguna-Acoma Middle
· Las Cruces Public Schools: Booker T. Washington Elementary and
· Zuni Public Schools: Zuni Middle.