October 5, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

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

PED to Hold Public Hearing on Requirement Placing Grade 11 Assessment on Students' Official Transcripts

(Santa Fe, NM)—The Public Education Department (PED) will hold a public hearing on Friday, October 15, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, regarding several proposed rulemaking actions, including requiring that local school districts record the test results from the grade 11 criterion-referenced (or standards-based) assessment on students’ official transcripts.

The hearing will be held at the Jerry Apodaca Education Building, Mabry Hall, located at 300 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe.

Public comment will also be taken on a rule creating an Educator Quality Council. The proposed Council will advise the secretary of education on approval of educator preparation programs at colleges and universities, rules for licensure of school personnel, state professional development standards and projects and the code of ethics and standards of professional conduct. The Council will replace the former Educational Standards Commission, an advisor to the former State Board of Education.

Members of the public may testify at the hearing or submit written comments to Dr. William O. Blair, the PED’s deputy director for assessment and accountability, at the Public Education Department, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786 or BBLAIR@PED.STATE.NM.US. Comments may be faxed to him at (505) 827-4263. Written comments must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 15.

Copies of the proposed rules are available on the PED’s web site or from Barbara Trujillo at (505) 827-6683.

Individuals with disabilities who require this information in an alternative format or need any form of auxiliary aid to attend or participate in this meeting are asked to contact Ms. Trujillo. The PED requests at least 10 days’ advance notice to provide requested special accommodations.