May 7, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PED Announces $8.29 Million in Reading First Awards

(Santa Fe, NM) — The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) announced today that 44 public schools in 17 school districts will receive $8.29 million in New Mexico Reading First Awards to improve student achievement in reading through the application of scientifically based reading research. The goal is to ensure that every third grade student reads at grade level.

The recipient schools and dollars awarded for each district include the following:

ALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Carlos Rey Elementary
Cochiti Elementary
Eugene Field Elementary
Kit Carson Elementary
La Luz Elementary
Mountain View Elementary
Wherry Elementary
$1,587,691
DEMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Smith Elementary
$221,209
DULCE INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
Dulce Elementary
$237,696
GALLUP-MCKINLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS
Church Rock Academy
Juan de Onate Elementary
Rocky View Elementary
Twin Lakes Elementary
$907,760
JEMEZ MOUNTAIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Coyote Elementary
Gallina Elementary
Lindrith Elementary
Lybrook Elementary
$869,716
LOVINGTON MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS
Jefferson Elementary
$162,696

MESA VISTA CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS
El Rito Elementary
Ojo Caliente Elementary
Tres Piedras Elementary

$687,696
PORTALES MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS
Brown Early Childhood Center
Steiner Elementary
James Elementary
$237,696
QUEMADO
Quemado Elementary
Datil Elementary
$420,905
QUESTA
Alta Vista Primary
Rio Costilla Elementary
$136,853
REGIONAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE #8
Dexter Elementary
Hagerman Elementary
Lake Arthur Elementary
Loving Elementary
$535,056
ROSWELL
Missouri Avenue Elementary
Monterrey Elementary
Nancy Lopez Elementary
Pecos Elementary
Sunset Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Washington Avenue Elementary
$1,472,693
SANTA FE
Alvord Elementary
Tesuque Elementary
Turquoise Trail Charter School
$553,006
ZUNI
A:Shiwi Elementary
Dowa Yalanne Elementary
$261,226

The PED will provide technical assistance and comprehensive, high-quality professional development to ensure that all teachers have the skills they need to teach reading.

Participating schools implement their program for three years and those showing two consecutive years of significant reading improvement will be eligible for additional funding beyond their award. Improvement will be determined by performance on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment.