PRESS RELEASE - October 29, 2003
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

District Appeals of School Probationary Ratings Approved By Cabinet Secretary,
Educational Standards Commission

(Santa Fe, NM)—New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) Secretary of Education-Interim Dr. Alan D. Morgan has approved the recommendations of the Educational Standards Commission (ESC) to upgrade the accountability ratings for seven public schools throughout the state. The ratings will change from probationary to meets standards.

All seven schools appeared before the ESC at a special hearing on October 3 to present evidence that their students had made progress that was not reflected in the accountability rating system. To qualify for the hearing, the schools had to be rated as probationary for the first or second time and be scheduled to enter either the performance warned or first year of school improvement categories.

“These schools were very close to meeting standards when they were rated in 2003. At the hearing, they provided additional evidence of student achievement that led the ESC to their positive recommendations to the interim cabinet secretary,” said Dr. William O. Blair, deputy director of Accountability and School Improvement Services for the NMPED.

The schools and their school districts are as follows:
Albuquerque Seven-Bar Elementary
Albuquerque Taft Middle
Clovis Bella Vista Elementary
Portales Valencia Elementary
Bell Elementary
West Las Vegas West Las Vegas High School
West Las Vegas
The Family Partnership