PRESS RELEASE - May 27, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

SBE to Consider New Accreditation Process, Hear Recommended Corrective Action Modifications, in June

(Santa Fe, NM)—The New Mexico State Board of Education (SBE) will consider a modified accreditation plan for school year (SY) 2003-2004 and SY 2004-2005 at its June regular board meeting, to be held on Wednesday, June 18, beginning at 8:00 a.m., at the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE), Mabry Hall, located at 300 Don Gaspar Street in Santa Fe.

“The proposed accreditation plan provides regulatory relief, aligns the systems of accreditation and accountability and places staff resources according to data-driven school and student needs,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael J. Davis. “The plan is the result of the passage of HB 212 by the Legislature this year, which allows more flexibility in the design of accreditation activities.”

Under consideration would be to grant a one-year provisional status to the state’s corrective action schools and the potential corrective action schools for SY 2003-2004. All other schools would be granted an accreditation continuance status through SY 2004-2005.

Provisional status schools would receive on-site monitoring visits and monitoring of local corrective action plans. Performance-warned and school improvement schools under accreditation continuance would be required to update the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) on their school improvement plans and student progress each spring, may receive on-site visits and would receive targeted technical assistance from the SDE, districts or other service providers.

Meets standards, exceeds standards and exemplary schools under accreditation continuance would be required to provide a written update on their Educational Plans for Student Success (EPSS) and/or school improvement plans by December 31, 2003. Any school or district not providing the necessary information by the deadline would be subject to a change in accreditation status. Additional state and federal regulatory monitoring would continue, as well as North Central Accreditation reviews and support.

The SBE will also consider an amendment to SBE Regulation 6.19.2 that would add detail to the process for corrective action initiated by a local school board, superintendent or the governing body of a charter school, an amendment to SBE Regulation 6.62.2 revising the competencies for an education administration license and new rules providing requirements and competencies for persons seeking licensure to teach students with blindness and visual impairments and establishing the Licensure in Native Language and Culture.

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SBE to Consider New Accreditation Process, Hear Recommended Corrective Action Modifications, in June

In addition, the SBE will consider the following:

· Configurations for rating K-2 schools
· A report by the SBE’s Ad Hoc Committee on Governance
· Support of a constitutional amendment change on the school permanent fund (SJR 6).

The SBE will recognize Dotty Reilly from Los Alamos, the 2003 national school nurse of the year, and present SDE and Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) employee awards. It is scheduled to go into executive (closed) session at 5:15 p.m. to consider limited personnel matters related to the state superintendent’s job performance requirements, with action on the session to follow.

The SBE will hold a strategic planning retreat on Monday, June 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the DVR, large conference room, located at 435 St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe. The SBE’s six standing committees will hold meetings on Tuesday in Mabry Hall. Committees act in an advisory capacity to the SBE, referring items for action. Committee discussions will include:

· Licensure. The SBE’s Educator Quality Committee will meet from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. to consider the proposed Native American Language and Culture license and an update on three-tiered licensure, including the process for advancing through the tiers. The Jicarilla Apache Tribe will present its language criteria for the Native American language license at the meeting.

· Accountability. The SBE’s Accountability Committee will meet from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to hear an update on the state’s 14 corrective action schools. A memorandum will be presented on recommended modifications for the schools and the deadline for school district response. The committee will also consider a modified accreditation plan for SY 2003-2004 and SY 2004-2005.

· Standards. The SBE’s Instructional Services Committee will meet from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. to consider an interim report on the draft science standards.

· Financial Issues. The SBE’s Finance, Transportation and Administration Committee will meet on from 4:45 to 7:00 p.m. to consider the SDE’s 2003-2004 operating budget and a report on school district and school financial issues.

The next regular meeting of the SBE will be held on August 27-29 in Santa Fe.

The SBE’s June agenda is available at the following web address: