Mexico Receives Flexibility in Calculating
Special Education Performance for AYP
(Santa Fe, NM) New Mexico
Public Education Department received word that they had been granted
flexibility in rating individual schools and school districts based
on the performance of special education students as they calculate Adequate
Yearly Progress (AYP). NMPED applied for this flexibility so that the
state and districts would have every opportunity available to meet AYP.
AYP results for all New Mexico schools and districts will be announced
by the Public Education Department on August 1st.
Before this new, a one-time,
one-year flexibility, only 1% of the state’s special education
students, who took the alternate assessment, could be counted as proficient.
However, NMPED does not anticipate any significant change in the number
of schools meeting AYP because of this increase in flexibility.
This new flexibility will allow the NMPED to apply an additional mathematical
procedure, specified by the U. S. Department of Education, for schools
and districts that did not make AYP based on the performance of the
special education subgroup alone.
To qualify for the flexibility,
the state was required to have a 95% participation rate on the New Mexico
Standards Based Assessment last year. This flexibility will be applied
to only elementary and middle schools.