PRESS RELEASE - September 25, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

District Appeals of School Probationary Ratings to be Held

(Santa Fe, NM)-- The Educational Standards Commission (ESC) will hold hearings for districts to appeal a school’s probationary rating on Friday, October 3, at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a probationary rating for the first or second time and will enter either the performance warned or first year of school improvement categories.

The ESC will hear appeals for schools per the following schedule:

9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Albuquerque Seven-Bar Elementary
9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Albuquerque Taft Middle
10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Clovis Bella Vista Elementary
11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Portales Valencia Elementary
1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Deming Bell Elementary
2:00 to 2:30 p.m. West Las Vegas West Las Vegas High School
2:45 to 3:15 p.m. West Las Vegas The Family Partnership

The ESC will consider, in addition to other norm-referenced and criterion-referenced test data, results from district-designed tests that demonstrate student progress toward the state’s content standards, benchmarks and performance standards, other assessments aligned to the state’s standards and other data which address attendance, dropout rate and graduation rate.

“Schools must present compelling evidence that students have made progress that is not reflected in the accountability rating system,” said Dr. Melville Morgan, the SDE’s assistant superintendent of accountability and school improvement services. “School and district personnel must present data that demonstrate justification for the appeal.”

All data presented must be disaggregated by whole groups and subgroups coinciding with the groups specified in the federal No Child Left Behind Act and HB 212, Public School Reforms.