November 1, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Legislative Liaison/PIO
(505) 827-7803 or 988-0582 pager
rwilliams@ped.state.nm.us

Secretary of Education Certifies AYP Status;
Number of Schools Meeting AYP Grows to 519,
Three Schools Receive New Designations

(Santa Fe NM)—Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García today certified that 519 public schools are meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in New Mexico. Her announcement follows the end of reviews of AYP status requested by 39 school districts.

The Public Education Department (PED) conducted technical data reviews for 139 schools in September and October following its preliminary announcement in August of AYP status. It also re-checked and verified data submitted by the districts. After adjustments, the number of schools meeting AYP increased from 508 to 519. Miscoding of data was the main reason for the change in AYP status.

“Procedures are in place to address miscoded data in the future. We’re ensuring that data accurately reflect the number of students tested and enrolled in school,” said Secretary Dr. García. “In all, despite the complex federal requirements, New Mexico has done as well as other states in the first year of implementation. And we’re well ahead of where we need to be for next year.”

As a result of changes in AYP status, three schools experienced positive changes in their “No Child Left Behind” designations. Nizhoni Elementary in the Central Consolidated Schools, Tohatchi Middle in the Gallup-McKinley County Public Schools and Agua Fria Elementary in the Santa Fe Public Schools changed from Restructuring 1 to Correction Action-Delayed. (The schools were given a delayed status under NCLB because they met AYP.) These are the only changes in designation.

· For the listing of schools receiving technical data reviews and their AYP status and designations click here
· For the listing of all schools and their AYP status and designations by district and reason for change in AYP click here
· For the listing of all schools and their AYP status and designations by district click here
· For the listing of all schools and their AYP status and designations by district, including accreditation and last year’s ratings click here