PRESS RELEASE - April 13, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Agenda for Education Secretary Garcia Media Briefing
On Thursday, April 15, at 11:15 a.m. in Santa Fe

(Santa Fe, NM)--Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. Garcia will hold her first media briefing on Thursday, April 15, at 11:15 a.m. to announce new test findings from the first administration of the Standards-Based (criterion-referenced) assessment in grades four and eight. The briefing will be held at the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, in Mabry Hall, located at 300 Don Gaspar in Santa Fe. Joining her will be New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane D. Denish.

Secretary of Education Media Briefing on Standards-Based Assessment (11:15 to 11:45 a.m.)

I. Opening Comments and
Introduction of Lieutenant Governor Denish and
Accountability Experts
DR. VERONICA C. GARCÍA, Secretary of Education
II. Announcement of Standards-Based Assessment Results
(12 minutes)
III. Address
(3 minutes)
DIANE D. DENISH, Lieutenant Governor
IV. Questions and Answers
(15 minutes)

“With Thursday’s announcement, we will have reached milestone #1 – identifying the starting points to bring students to 100% proficiency. Milestone #2 comes when we announce school ratings in August,” said Secretary Dr. García.

For more information, contact Ruth Williams, director of Public Outreach, at 505-476-0393.