Category: Equip

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Building Social Studies Materials and New Forms of Teacher Collaboration

Building Social Studies Materials and New Forms of Teacher Collaboration

The most valuable part of the Social Studies Dream Team “TeachFest” experience is the opportunity to step out of one’s own bubble and to interact with colleagues from around the state. The sheer breadth and depth of experience, both personal and professional, was both humbling and inspiring.  There were people from all over the country, whose experience ranged from business owner to Peace Corps volunteer, from law enforcement officer to U.S. AID worker—all of whom have chosen to work as teachers in New Mexico.  The ice breakers and conversation starters at the beginning helped foster a sense of community and shared purpose, which laid the foundation for productive collaborations.

I did my teaching certificate work at the University of Houston and have been teaching for 21 years—first in southwest Houston for three years, and now in Albuquerque since 2000. I teach all areas of social studies, but primarily government and AP Government.  I was the AP Lead teacher at Cibola High for the past 3-4 years.  My teaching partner and I were the first in the state to pilot the AP Capstone program.  I also teach a little beginning French when needed, and I currently co-author or co-edit 2 AP review books for McGraw Hill Publishing, Co. (5 Steps to a 5…AP World and AP European History).  As such, I set the bar high for all my students.

I think it is important for us as teachers to step outside our comfort zones, and to recognize that our profession extends beyond our classroom walls, our department and our school. At the Dream Team TeachFest, teachers from the largest high schools in Albuquerque swapped stories with teachers from tiny rural K-8 schools.  It was quite the exchange of ideas!  To gain a broader perspective regarding the challenges facing teachers across the state is to become more understanding and tolerant, much like the character education we do as social studies teachers.  And we had guest speakers with a range of perspectives as well: the Teacher Liaisons from the PED and remarks from Debra Marquez and Anthony Burns from the PED’s Instructional Materials Bureau served to reinforce the idea that we are part of education policy in a larger context, and that our influence can extend beyond our classroom.

Teaching can be a solitary profession, and for years the only way to extend our influence beyond the classroom was to leave the classroom. It is gratifying to see that there are now ways for teachers to expand their impact while still remaining teachers.  The fact that the PED Secretary-Designate Ruszkowski took the time to come to the event and listen to teachers’ concerns underscores the idea that we can and should look beyond our classrooms.  Though we may not always agree with his answers in-full, that he would take the time to have the discussion as a fellow social studies teacher is, in itself, a step in the right direction.  We need more dialogue, not less.

As new members of the Dream Team, the scope of the required lessons seemed overwhelming at first, but as the presenters and facilitators walked us through the process our ideas began to take shape. Our project facilitator was an effective sounding board for ideas and concerns, but also kept the conversations fun at the same time.  Though it took some time for us to develop a project appropriate in scope, we left with a clear picture of what tasks remained.  Despite our differences and our diversity of interests, the fact that everyone there had given up his or her time for the common purpose of creating something beneficial for New Mexican students is reassuring.

We will create materials that every social studies teacher around the state can use, but the idea of teacher-leadership in social studies and beyond, fostered by Cohort 2 of the New Mexico Dream Team, has possibilities far beyond that.

From Schoolhouse To Roundhouse: How Authentic Teacher Voice Shaped (Most) Of The State’s Education Budget For Next Year

From Schoolhouse To Roundhouse: How Authentic Teacher Voice Shaped (Most) Of The State’s Education Budget For Next Year

Colleagues —

With an opportunity-rich (some seized, some not) 2018 Legislative Session now behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to review some of the substantial commitments the state budget makes to public education.

Here in Santa Fe, and inside the Roundhouse, the funding bill is referred to as HB2 (House Bill 2).  As we all know, deciding how you are going to spend your money is one of the best ways to determine priorities so HB2 is both a reflection of educational policy priorities and an overall financial appropriation for the State’s upcoming fiscal year (FY19, which is the 2018-2019 school year).

Your voice mattered this year—it was one of the first times in my career across multiple states that teacher-leaders, classroom teachers from across a state, and parents/families had a real voice inside a State Legislature. Historically, education policy and funding decisions are dominated by associations and interest groups—not necessarily by listening to all voices from all parts of a state.  Your voice was huge part of this process—and it was heard by our team at the PED, by the Executive branch, and by the Legislature.

It is also safe to say that in some areas, the Legislature made decisions in HB2 (now agreed to by both the House and the Senate and headed to the Governor’s desk) that could have real downsides for teachers, schools, and students.  It’s also safe to say that this funding bill also missed some opportunities to build upon and reinforce the areas of student academic progress and stakeholder engagement we’ve developed together over the last several years.

As the funding bill makes it way from the Legislative branch to the Executive branch, let’s review some highlights/lowlights in HB2 as of today:

As I see it, highlights from the 2018-2019 Public School Support package (HB2) include:

  • A teacher compensation increase, including significant raises in salaries for teachers (2.5%) and non-instructional school staff (2%), on top of an increase to the minimums for each licensure level, which would now be $36K/44K/54K for levels I, II, and III;
  • A small appropriation for Exemplary Teaching Awards, a groundbreaking effort to retain and reward some of the highest-performing teachers statewide – especially those that serve our most struggling schools and/or teach in the highest-need subject areas.  As I’ve shared with you, this strategy compliments the across-the-board increases above;
  • A sizable increase in funding for state Pre-K, which will allow the program to grow responsibly while maintaining the high standards of quality that have led to substantial outcomes for early learners.  This allocation will also result in several new Pre-K sites around the state that have demonstrated capacity and readiness to offer it for the first time;
  • An increase in K-3 Plus summer program funding that will allow for responsible expansion, while also including budgetary language incentivizing best practices that are leading to the most student growth in our schools;
  • An increase for both transportation and instructional materials funding (short of what the Executive branch proposed, but still meaningful);
  • More funding for professional development and teacher leadership opportunities for STEM teachers, and additional funding for the transition to NM STEM-Ready Standards;
  • Continuation of the key programs that have shown an outsized return on investment and student achievement.  We’ve seen several initiatives, which are reflected in the budget again this year, make a difference for kids in schools across the state–  Truancy and Dropout Prevention, Principals Pursuing Excellence, Teachers Pursuing Excellence, Reads to Lead, AP fee waivers, and many others;
  • Funding for a new Regional Educational Cooperative (REC) in San Juan County to assist districts in sharing resources and making support staff available to the entire region.

Alongside this progress, I believe there were several missed opportunities and areas of concern in HB2 as well, including:

  • The bill currently includes language that Exemplary Teaching Awards – while intended to be available to all – could be blocked at your district by your local teachers union;
  • The bill eliminates funding for Hard to Staff recruitment stipends for teachers.  Teacher Recruitment is major priority for the PED in 2018, even in a reduced funding environment;
  • The bill includes language that could substantially reduce funding for charter schools, early college high schools, vocational schools, alternative schools, and credit recovery programs.  We don’t believe these schools (and the students, teachers, and families who believe in them) should be targeted in this manner for a reduction in funding;
  • Though the PED requested $4.5 million in emergency supplemental funds – fund that can be used by districts who experience emergency situations such as natural disasters or man-made tragedies, or for districts experiencing declining enrollment or financial strain– the Legislature only appropriated $3 million in funding;
  • There is no increase to Dual Credit Instructional Materials, despite the PED’s request to double the funding;
  • The bill reflects a major cut in funding for professional development and training for Principals to provide meaningful evaluations and observations to teachers—the PED has consistently heard that this is a critical need area and will ensure that this vital training continues;
  • There is again no funding for Blended Learning (formerly IDEAL-NM) in HB2, which provides many students from rural/smaller schools a way to access courses that might not otherwise be available to them. The PED is committed to finding a way to provide course access to all students;
  • Lastly, this year’s budget bill include a major cut to Interventions and Support for Students, Struggling Schools, Parents, and Teachers – from $15 million last year to $4 million this year.  This comes on the heels of the PED announcing a $50 million support package for struggling schools as part of the state’s top-rated plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  To be fair, the Legislative Finance Committee probably views this as a $4 million cut and not an $11 Million cut, but this is a line item that should have been increased (or at least fully supported) given the focus on innovation, parent and family engagement, and teacher leadership within it.  Instead, it’s been reduced.

My team will be reviewing HB2 in full next week once it’s delivered, and we would love to hear your thoughts on any/all of the above over the weekend.  Your voice matters—and we’ve seen repeatedly that democracy belongs to those who show up.  As classroom teachers and hard-working families, we know that you can’t camp out at the Roundhouse for 30 days or more, but we hope to represent your beliefs, your aspirations for your students, and our profession.

We stand with you—and offer our sincere thanks to all who contributed time and energy to support what is right for kids.  I am more optimistic than ever about the future for New Mexico’s students, with a renewed resolve to roll up my sleeves and continue to do the hard work to make New Mexico’s schools and students the fastest growing in the country.

Please be in-touch!

Christopher N. Ruszkowski
Secretary of Education
New Mexico Public Education Department

We’re Listening & Your Voice Matters: A Legislative Update From The Secretary

We’re Listening & Your Voice Matters: A Legislative Update From The Secretary

Colleagues—

Here’s the reality: HB310 is by far the most comprehensive, the most far-reaching, and the largest teacher compensation bill under consideration this legislative session.

That’s why I decided to testify on behalf of the diverse group of sponsors–Representatives Baldonado (Valencia), Clahchischilliage (San Juan), and Smith (Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe)—on Saturday morning:  because this kind of legislation has the potential to be transformative for educators, for students, and for this profession that we love.

It’s also important to note that the tabling of HB310 is part of a broader trend of unabashed partisanship that we have witnessed this session.  As a former middle school social studies teacher I am idealistic about the democratic process, and I believed that HB210 (Early Literacy Interventions & Family Engagement), HB 297 (Addressing Chronic Absenteeism), HB180 (More Funding For Schools, Less For District Offices), and HB177 (Teacher Advancement w/o Master’s Degree) would all garner enthusiastic bipartisan support.  After all, I’ve worked for leaders from both sides of the aisle who have supported similar ideas.  Two of these bills had bipartisan sponsors, and all four were revised based on feedback from legislators and the field.

Unfortunately, all of these bills were stopped in their tracks by hyper-partisanship at the Roundhouse this year.

HB310 did several things that I thought were noteworthy, and several things that stakeholders and legislators on both sides of the aisle had requested:

  1. Increased the starting salary of Level 1 teachers by $4,000 to $38,000, permanently
  2. Guaranteed a 2.5% salary increase to all educators, permanently
  3. Guaranteed a 2% salary increase to all non-licensed school staff, permanently
  4. Included a $5 million appropriation for teacher recruitment activities (and an amendment from the committee integrated teacher mentoring as well!)
  5. Increased the starting salaries of Level 2 and Level 3 teachers by $2,000, permanently

 

The House Education Committee had the responsibility to consider this bill on its educational merits.  A multi-pronged approach to improving teacher compensation is both necessary and overdue.  I believed it would generate bipartisan support and sufficient funding—but it was tabled in hyper-partisan fashion, same as the rest.

If you’re fuming, I get it.  You are working hard, advocating for your kids, trying to get involved while still working a full day.  Meanwhile, you’re up against powerful special interests groups that camp out in the Roundhouse for the full session.  It’s a situation that’s rigged against our students and, in many ways, our profession.

I still believe HB310 to be the strongest piece of teacher compensation legislation around, and given that many of you have reached out to me, it seems you may think so, too.  People have asked me—what can we do to keep this possibility alive, both in the short-term and the long-term?  Here are a few thoughts:

  • The House Education Committee members who tabled the bill could bring HB310 “off the table”
  • AFT/ATF was the only group that stood-up in opposition to HB310, yet they had substantial influence: http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00293/Harmony/en/PowerBrowser/PowerBrowserV2/20180213/-1/46376
  • The Executive Budget recommendation included a multi-pronged approach to teacher compensation, and we will continue to fight for it
  • Over the long-term, more teacher and parent voice is needed in these processes—both during session and during the interim

 

All this being said, your advocacy and belief in elevating teacher and parent voices have not been for nothing.  We’re still working with the Legislature on a 2018-19 (FY19) budget that would include a large teacher compensation increase, a substantial increase in Pre-K funding, higher levels of funding for transportation and instructional materials, and the preservation of the successful programs that have driven outcomes in your schools (from AP fee waivers to Reads to Lead).  More than ever in our state’s history, there is a diversity of teacher and parent voices being heard on issues that impact our students.  Student achievement results are on the rise, we have the #1 State Plan under ESSA in the nation, and you’re building a community of educators and families that are demanding more for our kids.

It’s an honor and a privilege to work on your behalf every day.  Let your voices be heard—and remember that our civic and moral outrage must be sustained over time.  Our students need us to keep up the fight.

In partnership—

CR

Christopher N. Ruszkowski
Secretary of Education
New Mexico Public Education Department

Family Engagement with Gloria Ruiz

Family Engagement with Gloria Ruiz

We are excited to share the third in our series of podcasts related to educational issues.  Please listen in as we interview the movers and shakers in New Mexico education.  Our third podcast features Gloria Ruiz, Family Engagement Coordinator, where she provides an overview how parental involvement has evolved to family engagement and explains how teachers can make tweaks to their current practices to elevate their work with parents and families.

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Current School Liaisons: Is Your School Represented?

Current School Liaisons: Is Your School Represented?

The New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN) is comprised of more than 500 teacher-leaders from districts and charters across the state. These teachers-leaders are working together to elevate the profession, share best practices, create new communications channels, bring classroom teacher voice to the forefront of policy and program conversations, and leverage all available resources in an effort to bring our professional community together, improve the quality of instruction, and dramatically improve outcomes for our students.

Here is a current list of active School Liaisons, their schools, and school districts.  Check to see if your school and/or district is represented.  Let’s continue to recruit!  If your school or district is not represented, and you are interested in becoming your school’s liaison please REGISTER HERE!

First Name Last Name School District School Name
Joey Bear Alamogordo A Montoya Elementary
Jennifer Pollard Alamogordo A Montoya Elementary
Bernagene Shay Alamogordo A Montoya Elementary
Melanie Hallbeck Alamogordo Academy Del Sol Alternative
Sarahjane Kipp Alamogordo Alamogordo High
Tracy Gorby Alamogordo Buena Vista Elementary
Jaime Acosta Alamogordo Chaparral Middle
Shawna Denney Alamogordo Chaparral Middle
Diana Jackson Alamogordo Desert Star Elementary
Krista Atkins Alamogordo Heights Elementary
Linda Grimes Alamogordo Holloman Middle
Lori Armstrong Alamogordo Mountain View Middle
Jenny Hitt Alamogordo North Elementary
Kimberly Landry Alamogordo North Elementary
Amber Carroll Alamogordo Oregon Elementary
Jessica Lop Alamogordo Sierra Elementary
Kelly Reese Alamogordo Yucca Elementary
Allison Fitzpatrick Albuquerque A Montoya Elementary
Michael Mack Albuquerque Albuquerque Charter Academy
Anna Baugh Albuquerque Alvarado Elementary
Lucy Alfonso Albuquerque Architecture Construction and Engineering Leadership High Charter
Amanda Jaramillo Albuquerque Armijo Elementary
Tracy Reynolds Albuquerque Arroyo Del Oso Elementary
Debra Cordova Albuquerque Atrisco Elementary
George Thomas Albuquerque Atrisco Heritage Academy High
Shirley Barreto Albuquerque Barcelona Elementary
Christopher McClain Albuquerque Carlos Rey Elementary
Shayna Earnest Albuquerque Cesar Chavez Community Charter
Lucille King Albuquerque Chelwood Elementary
Lesley Valencia Albuquerque Cibola High
Margaret Silva Albuquerque Cleveland Middle
Desiree Hirdman Albuquerque Collet Park Elementary
Karen Mann Albuquerque Corrales Elementary
Heather Summers Albuquerque Desert Ridge Middle
Amy Piechota Albuquerque Digital Arts and Technology Academy Charter
Michael Wood Albuquerque East Mountain High Charter
Melissa (Helen) Mick Albuquerque Ecademy Virtual High School
John Keelin Albuquerque Edmund G Ross Elementary
Jennifer Sears Albuquerque Edmund G Ross Elementary
Coleen Nelson-Schafer Albuquerque Eisenhower Middle
Jennifer Coughlin Albuquerque Eldorado High
Kayla Alvidrez Albuquerque Ernie Pyle Middle
John Potter Albuquerque Freedom High
Patricia Archuleta Albuquerque George I Sanchez Collaborative Community School
Jennifer Pollard Albuquerque Griegos Elementary
Virginia Elkhader Albuquerque Hayes Middle
Mary Lynn Salazar Albuquerque Helen Cordero Primary
Crystal Miranda Albuquerque Inez Elementary
Ian Sunderland Albuquerque International School at Mesa Del Sol Charter
Diana Santiago Albuquerque Jackson Middle
Barbara Johnson Albuquerque Jimmy Carter Middle
Bridgette Romero Albuquerque Jimmy Carter Middle
Elizabeth Lindsey Albuquerque Kit Carson Elementary
Gary Archibeck Albuquerque L B Johnson Middle
Tammy Carvin Albuquerque L B Johnson Middle
Christine Dickey Albuquerque L B Johnson Middle
Virginia Rinaldi Albuquerque La Cueva High
Shannon Johnson Albuquerque La Mesa Elementary
Dannielle Montoya Albuquerque Lew Wallace Elementary
Angela Trujillo Albuquerque Longfellow Elementary
Phillip Shamas Albuquerque Los Padillas Elementary
Eileen Maddock Albuquerque Los Puentes Charter
Anna Miller Albuquerque Madison Middle
Kathy Hoessel Albuquerque Marie M Hughes Elementary
Cara Heck Albuquerque McKinley Middle
Michael Dolce Albuquerque Media Arts Collaborative Charter
Eleanor Martindale Albuquerque Missouri Avenue Elementary
Tracy Hausermann Albuquerque Mitchell Elementary
Portia Sharp Albuquerque Navajo Elementary
Mary Rafferty Albuquerque New Futures
Steven Lamb Albuquerque North Star Elementary
Julie Geldmacher Albuquerque North Valley Academy Charter
Brian Ver Ploegh Albuquerque Nuestros Valores High Charter
Michaela Coffin Albuquerque Osuna Elementary
Erin Armijo Albuquerque Painted Sky Elementary
Reina Garcia Albuquerque Pajarito Elementary
Laurie Blackwell Albuquerque Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter
Byron Taylor Albuquerque Public Academy for Performing Arts Charter
Cathy Martin Albuquerque Reginald Chavez Elementary
Tamara Kumbalek Albuquerque Rio Grande High
Laura Flores Albuquerque Rudolfo Anaya Elementary
Brenda McCallon Albuquerque S Y Jackson Elementary
Christina Parlapiano Albuquerque S Y Jackson Elementary
Amy Chevalier Albuquerque San Antonito Elementary
Travis Tester Albuquerque Sandia Base Elementary
Kelly Eagan Albuquerque Sandia High
Kathy Wolfe James Albuquerque Sombra Del Monte Elementary
Shannon Avila Albuquerque Sunset View Elementary
Helen Maloney Albuquerque Taylor Middle
Maria Tafoya-Trotter Albuquerque Tony Hillerman Middle
Amanda Torres Albuquerque Valle Vista Elementary
Aleli Colon Albuquerque Van Buren Middle
Leslie Butcher Albuquerque Ventana Ranch Elementary
Andrea Prangley Albuquerque Volcano Vista High
Kristi Samuelson Albuquerque Washington Middle
Scott McLeod Albuquerque West Mesa High
Carmalee Pinson Albuquerque Wherry Elementary
Tessie Duran Albuquerque Whittier Elementary
Michael Bellamy Albuquerque William W and Josephine Dorn Charter
Rachel Thomas Albuquerque Zuni Elementary
Tawna Evans Animas Animas Elementary
Patricia McDougal Animas Animas Elementary
Robin Moore Animas Animas Elementary
Monica Almanza Artesia Roselawn Elementary
Kaci Whitmire Artesia Yucca Elementary
Lanea Donahoo Aztec Aztec High
Cassandra Brown Aztec C V Koogler Middle
Danielle Straate Aztec Lydia Rippey Elementary
Joshua Chavez Aztec McCoy Avenue Elementary
Amanda Knight Aztec Mosaic Academy Charter
Ashleigh Kendal Aztec Park Avenue Elementary
Cassandra Landry Belen Belen High
Toni Armijo Belen Belen Middle
Valerie Baca Belen Gil Sanchez Elementary
LeeAnne Becker Belen Jaramillo Elementary
Sharon Bussell Belen La Merced Elementary
Tara Wright Belen Rio Grande Elementary
Agusta Rodriguez-Asi Bernalillo Algodones Elementary
Amber Braden Bernalillo Bernalillo Elementary
Jennylou Pangilinan-Riel Bernalillo Bernalillo High
Lawrence Henderson II Bernalillo Bernalillo Middle
Laura Mallett Bernalillo Placitas Elementary
Donna Gina Bernalillo Santo Domingo Elementary
Elizabeth Smith Bernalillo Santo Domingo Middle
LoriAnn Spina Bernalillo Willanna D Carroll Elementary
Daniel Tabor Bloomfield Blanco Elementary
Andrea Granado Bloomfield Bloomfield Family Learning Center
David O’Hara Bloomfield Bloomfield High
Lore Mize Bloomfield Central Primary
Nida Naqvi Bloomfield Mesa Alta Junior
Mindy Olson Bloomfield Naaba Ani Elementary
Joyce Roulston Capitan Capitan High
Victoria Sedillo Capitan Capitan Middle
Joanna May Carlsbad Carlsbad Early College High
Chancy Allen Carlsbad Carlsbad High
Elizabeth Burke Carlsbad Carlsbad High
Leah Olivas Carlsbad Carlsbad Intermediate School
Lavonn Means Carlsbad Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy
Marilyn Taylor Carlsbad Carlsbad Sixth Grade Academy
Michelle Fierro Carlsbad Craft Elementary
Debra Jim Carlsbad Desert Willow Elementary
Nancy Johnson Carlsbad Desert Willow Elementary
Paula Spencer Carlsbad Desert Willow Elementary
Lindsay Garza Carlsbad Early Childhood Education Center
Nancy Phipps Carlsbad Early Childhood Education Center
Maren Folsom Carlsbad Early Childhood Program
Lonnie Castillo Carlsbad Joe Stanley Smith Elementary
Melissa Lawrence-Bridges Carlsbad Monterrey Elementary
Vince Homer Carlsbad Pecos Connections Academy
Shawn Ballard Carlsbad Sunset Elementary
Elizabeth Barela Carrizozo Carrizozo Elementary
Vesta Mizell Central Consolidated Career Preparatory Alternative
Nancy Nelson Central Consolidated Central High
Joy Lee Central Consolidated Eva B Stokely Elementary
Mary Whipple Central Consolidated Judy Nelson Elementary School
Nicole Baked Central Consolidated Kirtland Elementary
Casey Kelly Central Consolidated Kirtland Middle
Viola Denetclaw-Benally Central Consolidated Mesa Elementary
Sheryl Maxwell Central Consolidated Naschitti Elementary
Carena Begay Central Consolidated Newcomb High
Hannelore Collyer Central Consolidated Newcomb Middle
Caprice Hoeveler Central Consolidated Nizhoni Elementary
Diane Foster Central Consolidated Ojo Amarillo Elementary
Amy John Central Consolidated Tse Bit Ai Middle
Terri Lindstrom Chama Tierra Amarilla Elementary
Tiffany Airington Cimarron Cimarron High
Erica Roybal Cimarron Cimarron Middle
Cindy Carr Cimarron Eagle Nest Elementary
Dana McBee Cimarron Eagle Nest Middle
Elizabeth Tafoya Cimarron Moreno Valley High Charter
Janis Ruf Clayton Alvis Elementary
Sheila Harris Clayton Clayton High
Sarah Lee Cloudcroft Cloudcroft Elementary
Kelly Goss Cloudcroft Cloudcroft High
Shelia Fitch Clovis Barry Elementary
Shelly Grim Clovis Bella Vista Elementary
Joy Martin Clovis Cameo Elementary
Adrian Lucero Clovis Clovis High
Tanya Mirabal Clovis Clovis High
Scott Schumpert Clovis Clovis High Freshman Campus
Jana Vetterly Clovis Highland Elementary
Jody Burrage Clovis James Bickley Elementary
Susann Romero Clovis La Casita Elementary
Brenda Gaither Clovis Lockwood Elementary
Dustie Gonzalez Clovis Marshall Middle
Krisa Engel Clovis Mesa Elementary
Kathryn Gonzales Clovis Mesa Elementary
Vicki Guiffre Clovis Parkview Elementary
Corey Lucero Clovis Sandia Elementary
Eric Collings Clovis WD Gattis Middle School
Shane Leatherwood Clovis Yucca Middle
Regina Griego Clovis Zia Elementary
Sandra Montoya Cobre Consolidated Cobre High
Anisse Salcido Cobre Consolidated Hurley Elementary
Nicole Baker Cobre Consolidated Kirtland Elementary
Hampton Burnette Cobre Consolidated Snell Middle
Roxanne Erramouspe Corona Corona High
Daniel Delgado Cuba Cuba High
Kathleen Lujan Cuba Cuba Middle
Joslynn Garcia Deming Bataan Elementary
Jessica Cabrera Deming Bell Elementary
Cindy Burger Deming Chaparral Elementary
Rachel Gomez Deming Columbus Elementary
Daniel Gamboa Deming Deming High
KeriBeth Coker Deming Deming Intermediate
Abby Harvey Deming Memorial Elementary
Ona Renee Hethcox Deming My Little School
Monika Velez Deming Red Mountain Middle
Lorena Mesta Deming Ruben S Torres Elementary
Sue Vincent Des Moines Des Moines Elementary
Heidi Karr Des Moines Des Moines High
Greg Smith Dexter Dexter High
Shannon Aguilar Dexter Dexter Middle
Joe Fletcher Dora Dora High
Nancy Jobe Dulce Dulce Junior/Senior High School
Kristi Victor Elida Elida Elementary
Karen Martinez Espanola Alcalde Elementary
Yvette Bakken Espanola Carlos F Vigil Middle
Jessica Montoya Eunice Caton Middle
Jo Anna Foreman Eunice Mettie Jordan Elementary
Tena Joslin Farmington A Montoya Elementary
Nadine Chatto Farmington Animas Elementary
Sandra Fusco Farmington Apache Elementary
Kristin Lewis Farmington Bluffview Elementary
Amy Hill Farmington Cate Center Preschool
Anna Richards Farmington Country Club Elementary
Melissa Vigil Farmington Esperanza Elementary
Jerome Jones Farmington Farmington High
Allison Bouren Farmington Heights Middle
Courtney Reece Courtney Farmington Hermosa Middle
Becky Ferris Farmington Ladera Del Norte Elementary
Lisa Holmes Farmington McCormick Elementary
Courtney Weidner Farmington McKinley Elementary
Amy Dumas Farmington Mesa Verde Elementary
Chris Jones Farmington Mesa View Middle
Kelli Loudermilk Farmington NM Virtual Academy
Julius Soroko Farmington Piedra Vista High
Elizabeth Hoza Farmington Rocinante High
Kathryn Severson Farmington San Juan College High School
Robert Silentman Farmington Tibbetts Middle
Debora Barnard Floyd Floyd Middle
Molly Jensen Ft. Sumner Fort Sumner Elementary
Cynthia Lucero Ft. Sumner Fort Sumner Middle
Carol Gutierrez Gadsden Chaparral High
Frances Arocha Gadsden Desert Trail Elementary
Cynthia Brown Gadsden Desert Trail Elementary
Saul Nunez Gadsden Gadsden High
Stephanie Verlander Gadsden Gadsden High
Christine Norris Gadsden Gadsden Middle
Sandra Galindo Gadsden Riverside Elementary
Candice Herrera Gadsden Santa Teresa Elementary
Rebecca Lusk Gadsden Santa Teresa High
Elsa Contreras Gadsden Vado Elementary
Erika Acosta Gadsden Yucca Heights Elementary
Kevin Bates Gallup-McKinley Central High
Yi-Ling Lin Gallup-McKinley Chee Dodge Elementary
Michele Reeves Gallup-McKinley Chief Manuelito Middle
Cristina Tolentino Gallup-McKinley Crownpoint High
Sheila Ganzon Gallup-McKinley Crownpoint Middle
Sheila Marie Ganzon Gallup-McKinley Crownpoint Middle
Melzina Lewis Gallup-McKinley David Skeet Elementary
Jake Walters Gallup-McKinley Del Norte Elementary
Connie Cuellar Gallup-McKinley Gallup High
Toni Towery Gallup-McKinley Gallup Middle
Rachel Kreider Gallup-McKinley Indian Hills Elementary
Angela Karpinski Gallup-McKinley Jefferson Elementary
Jamey Lowrey Gallup-McKinley Lincoln Elementary
Michael Cunanan Gallup-McKinley Middle College High Charter
Gina Spolar Gallup-McKinley Miyamura High
Boyd Lewis Gallup-McKinley Ramah Elementary
Sasha Garner Gallup-McKinley Thoreau Elementary
Fe Quiambao Gallup-McKinley Thoreau High
Kerenthia Swan Gallup-McKinley Thoreau High
Elisa Fanning Gallup-McKinley Thoreau Middle
Viola Hoskie Gallup-McKinley Tobe Turpen Elementary
Carrie McGill Gallup-McKinley Tohatchi High
Jennie Piepkorn Grady Grady High
Michelle Leigh Gallegos Grants/Cibola County Cubero Elementary
Laura Arrasmith Grants/Cibola County Laguna Acoma High
Teresa Butcher Grants/Cibola County Laguna Acoma High
Ingrid Gonzales Grants/Cibola County Milan Elementary
Stephanie Lindsey Hagerman Hagerman Elementary
Codi Montes-Dennis Hagerman Hagerman High
Audra Bluehouse Hatch Hatch Valley High
Latishia Zamora Hatch Hatch Valley Middle
Brandy Holguin Hatch Rio Grande Elementary
Connie Holland Hobbs College Lane Elementary
Kayla Stratton Hobbs College Lane Elementary
Trish Elmore Hobbs Coronado Elementary
Kim Portillo Hobbs Helen Cordero Primary
Guadalupe Saldana Hobbs Hobbs Freshman
Nancy Gibson Hobbs Hobbs High
Irene Medrano Hobbs Houston Junior
Bonnie Salazar Hobbs Southern Heights Elementary
Michelle Sanford Hobbs Taylor Elementary
Yvonne Rich Hondo Hondo Elementary
Susan Kluthe Hondo Hondo High
Crystal Boyd House House High
Michelle Lopez Jal Jal Elementary
Frank Chacon Jemez Mountain Coronado High
Rachel Fuchs Jemez Mountain Lindrith Area Heritage Charter
Cassandra Batdorf Jemez Valley Jemez Valley Middle
Valerie Shaw Jemez Valley San Diego Riverside Charter
Becki Hammond Lake Arthur Lake Arthur Elementary
Mari Cooke Las Cruces A Montoya Elementary
Anne Kuhn Las Cruces Alternative School at Mesilla Valley
Jamie Baker Las Cruces Arrowhead Park Medical Academy
Xanthe Phillips Las Cruces Camino Real Middle
Sara Zemler Las Cruces Centennial High School
Patricia Chavarria Las Cruces Cesar Chavez Elementary
Melissa Madrid Las Cruces Columbia Elementary
Christine Hendrix Las Cruces Dona Ana Elementary
Carol Owensby Las Cruces Early College High School
Morgan Rivera Las Cruces Highland Elementary
Lisa Hufstedler Las Cruces Las Cruces High
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Kerry Turner Las Cruces Mesilla Park Elementary
Robbi Berry Las Cruces Monte Vista Elementary
Jamie Villagrana Las Cruces Monte Vista Elementary
Tiffany Barry Las Cruces Onate High
Caroline Marrufo Las Cruces University Hills Elementary
Emilia Linley Las Cruces Valley View Elementary
David Luera Las Cruces Vista Middle
Anna Suggs Las Cruces Zia Middle
Sonya Romero Las Vegas City A Montoya Elementary
Leroy Barela Las Vegas City Memorial Middle
Latania Marr Las Vegas City Robertson High
Jacqueline Gomez-Aragon Las Vegas City Sierra Vista Elementary
Patricia Mendoza Las Vegas City Sierra Vista Elementary
Kelley Feerer Logan Logan Elementary
Crystal Terrell Logan Logan High
Kimberly Roark Lordsburg Dugan Tarango Middle
Anneliese Kvamme Lordsburg Lordsburg High
Sara Snowball Los Alamos Aspen Elementary
Debbie Grothaus Los Alamos Los Alamos High
Suzette Williams Los Alamos Los Alamos Middle
Michele Altherr Los Alamos Mountain Elementary
Reynie Benelli Los Alamos Pinon Elementary
Sara Graf Los Lunas Desert View Elementary
Albert Ibarra Los Lunas Desert View Elementary
Jason McKinney Los Lunas Los Lunas Middle
Cristy Burt Los Lunas Sunland Park Elementary
Nicole Mora-Atencio Los Lunas Tome Elementary
Rachel Bate Los Lunas Valencia Elementary
Christa Johnson Los Lunas Valencia Middle
Haley Finch Loving Loving Elementary
Laura Janzen Loving Loving Middle
Margarita Piñon Lovington Ben Alexander Elementary
Lisa Parker Lovington Jefferson Elementary
Miranda Stoneman Lovington Lea Elementary
Loretta Corral Lovington Lovington 6th Grade Academy
Yazmin Izquierdo Lovington Lovington 6th Grade Academy
Candy Raines Lovington Lovington High
Gina Hutchins Lovington Yarbro Elementary
Jennifer Armstrong Magdalena Magdalena Elementary
Andrea French Maxwell Maxwell Elementary
Matthew Jolley Maxwell Maxwell High
Kelly Jones Maxwell Maxwell High
Jennifer Gonzales Moriarty-Edgewood Moriarty Elementary
Justine Ortega Moriarty-Edgewood Moriarty Middle
Dana Vallejos Moriarty-Edgewood Route 66 Elementary
Elizabeth Goodson Moriarty-Edgewood South Mountain Elementary
Penny Williams-Riley Mountainair Mountainair Elementary
Libby Clinton Pecos Pecos Elementary
Ramona Medina-Pacheco Pecos Pecos High
Rosie Quintana Pecos Pecos Middle
Jessica Esquibel Penasco Penasco Middle
Rosa Pacheco-Romero Penasco Penasco Middle
Natalie Jackson Pojoaque Valley Pablo Roybal Elementary
Michelle Victor Portales Brown Early Childhood Center
Bridget Segovia Portales James Elementary
Ofelia Alvarez Portales Lindsey Steiner Elementary
Matthew Christensen Portales Portales High
Dinah McAlister Portales Portales High
Dianne Kemp Portales Portales Junior
Tammy Sharp Portales Valencia Elementary
Maria Cintas Questa Questa High
Diane León Questa Questa Junior
Cassie Hightree Raton Longfellow Elementary
Joleene Starr Raton Raton Intermediate
Mary Hastings Reserve Reserve Elementary
Joline Lambson Rio Rancho Cielo Azul Elementary
Cindy Shafer Rio Rancho Colinas Del Norte Elementary
Shana Speicher Rio Rancho Eagle Ridge Middle
Misty Hunter Rio Rancho Enchanted Hills Elementary
Brook Lundie Rio Rancho Ernest Stapleton Elementary
Shannon Ryan Rio Rancho Lavaland Elementary
Kelly Pearce Rio Rancho Lincoln Middle
Alexandra Ruybal Rio Rancho Martin Luther King Jr Elementary
Jessica Buttermore Rio Rancho Rio Rancho Elementary
Christine Carson Rio Rancho Rio Rancho High
Ray Henderson Rio Rancho Rio Rancho High
Marilyn Padget Rio Rancho Sandia Vista Elementary
Carla Chavez Rio Rancho V Sue Cleveland High
VeAundrea Smith Rio Rancho Vista Grande Elementary
Angie McDonald Roswell Berrendo Middle
Peggy Rogers Roswell Del Norte Elementary
Ricardo Valenzuela Roswell Goddard High
Jamie Furney Roswell Mesa Middle
Kris Ard Roswell Military Heights Elementary
Christina Reyer Roswell Missouri Avenue Elementary
Letitia Benitez Roswell Monterrey Elementary
Irma Acosta Roswell Mountain View Middle
Laura Ramirez Roswell Nancy Lopez Elementary
Stacey Eberhart Roswell Roswell High
Crystal Lethgo Roswell Sunset Elementary
Andrea Batista Roswell University High
Mark Johnson Roswell Valley View Elementary
Deanna Walker Roy Roy Elementary
Robyn Draper Ruidoso Ruidoso Middle
Melvina Torres Ruidoso Sierra Vista Primary
Anna Weaver Ruidoso White Mountain Elementary
Tera Wong-Williams San Jon San Jon Middle
J Michael A Sisneros Santa Fe A Montoya Elementary
Vanessa Vigil Santa Fe A Montoya Elementary
Jenifer Hooten Santa Fe Academy for Technology and the Classics Charter
Giordana Di Ruggiero Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Melissa Kovac Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Julia Morey-Di Ruggiero Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Sharon Scarlott Santa Fe Amy Biehl Community School At Rancho Viejo
Kimberly Miera Santa Fe Aspen Community Magnet School
Lynn Osborne Santa Fe Aspen Community Magnet School
Samantha Koroneos Santa Fe Atalaya Elementary
Natalia Garcia Santa Fe Capital High
Jill Hutchinson-Bass Santa Fe Carlos Gilbert Elementary
Jose Lopez Santa Fe Cesar Chavez Elementary
Arturo Lujan Santa Fe Cesar Chavez Elementary
Angela Abbate Santa Fe Chaparral Elementary
Gary Bass Santa Fe El Camino Real Academy Community
Deborah Ungar Santa Fe Francis X Nava Elementary
Trish Gharrity Santa Fe Kearny Elementary
Joan Henderson Santa Fe Monte Del Sol Charter School
Shira Leitson-Grabelsky Santa Fe NM School for the Deaf
Brittany Behenna Griffith Santa Fe NYE Early Childhood
Mona Khazee Santa Fe Ramirez Thomas Elementary
Jackie Gerstein Santa Fe Salazar Elementary
Joyce Sanchez Santa Fe Salazar Elementary
Jeff Davis Santa Fe Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
Heather Herd Santa Fe Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School
Susan Zamora Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Elementary
Benjamin Duran Silver City G W Stout Elementary
Chrissie Souders Silver City G W Stout Elementary
Roxanne Ogas Silver City Harrison Schmitt Elementary
Patricia Kimmick Silver City Opportunity High
Andy Broyles Silver City Silver High
Denise Gilson Socorro Cottonwood Valley Charter
Angela Murphy Socorro Midway Elementary
Sara Drueckhammer Socorro Raymond Sarracino Middle
Melanie Sanchez Socorro San Antonio Elementary
Azza Ezzat Socorro Socorro High
Mary Lloyd Springer Cimarron Elementary
Marlene Pittman Springer Eagle Nest Elementary
Christina Vigil Springer Springer High
Inez Jacobs STATE Charter Academy of Trades and Technology Charter
Whitney Fien Gretton STATE Charter Albuquerque School of Excellence Charter
Vickie Kwiecinski STATE Charter Albuquerque School of Excellence Charter
Sandra Beaudet STATE Charter Attitude Skills and Knowledge Academy Charter (ASK)
Greg Butz STATE Charter Cottonwood Classical Preparatory Charter
Marissa Bannerman STATE Charter Explore Academy
Louis Gonzalez STATE Charter Health Leadership High School
Linda Stoffan STATE Charter Horizon Academy West Charter
Louise Montoya STATE Charter International School at Mesa Del Sol Charter
Virginia Gallegos STATE Charter La Academia Dolores Huerta
Robert Arneson STATE Charter Las Montanas Charter High School
Laureen Pepersack STATE Charter McCurdy Charter School
Sonny Sapien STATE Charter Mission Achievement and Success
Fred Hintze STATE Charter New America School Charter
Freda Daugherty STATE Charter NM Connections Academy
Acacia McCombs STATE Charter NM School for the Arts Charter
Kimberly Ritterhouse STATE Charter Red River Valley Charter
Margaret Bartlett STATE Charter Roots and Wings Community
Militza Zamora de Geisel STATE Charter Sandoval Academy of Bilingual Education
Alanna Purdy STATE Charter Six Directions Indigenous School
Rebecca Weldon STATE Charter Southwest Secondary Learning Center Charter
Jose Garcia-Galvez STATE Charter SW Aeronautics Mathematics and Science Academy
Linda Seto STATE Charter Taos Integrated School for the Arts Charter
Tammy Dobbs Taos Anansi Charter
Sarah Bradley Taos Enos Garcia Elementary
Katherine Duran Taos Taos High
Tracy Galligan Taos Taos High
Emy Martinez-DeHerrera Taos Taos High
Ella Rael Taos Taos Middle
Scott Tennant Taos Taos Municipal Charter
Doug Schwartz Texico Texico Elementary
Melissa Durham Texico Texico High
Debre Allen Truth or Consequences Hot Springs High
Ava Bartoo Truth or Consequences T or C Middle
Kandy Hutchins Tucumcari Tucumcari High
ROBERT LAMM Tucumcari Tucumcari High
Tammie Morales Tularosa A Montoya Elementary
Elise Mathewson Tularosa Tularosa Elementary
Krystian Grace Tularosa Tularosa Intermediate
Tracy Holmes Vaughn Vaughn Elementary
Patricia Duran Wagon Mound Wagon Mound Elementary
Janice Encinias Wagon Mound Wagon Mound High
Tracy Baca-Arguello West Las Vegas Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary
Aja Currey West Las Vegas Rio Gallinas Ecology and the Arts Charter
Mary Jean Aragon West Las Vegas West Las Vegas Middle
Michael Tenorio West Las Vegas West Las Vegas Middle
Rebecca Gordon Zuni Zuni High
Hot Topics in NM Education

Hot Topics in NM Education

Straight “A” Express Chugs Along! The Straight A Train made several stops last week. First stop was in Los Alamos where Secretary Ruszkowski and his team met with students, teachers, school leaders, and board members to celebrate the district’s six “A” schools. Check out coverage in the Los Alamos Daily Post.  The next stops were Cobre and Silver. Check out this incredible article in the Silver City Daily Press. Special thank you to the teacher leaders for the special warm welcome for the PED team!

 

Our Students…RISING! The 2017 winners of the Summer Reading Challenge were announced last week! Balloon ride winners had the opportunity to go up in a hot air balloon with Governor Martinez on Saturday morning. Aracely Mendoza from Gadsden Elementary School in Anthony won the grand prize of an all-expense-paid family vacation to Disney. Check out coverage on all the winners on KRQE. Make sure to encourage your students to participate next summer!!

Bringing in the Bacon! New Mexico has earned more than $42 Million in federal grants for early literacy and quality options for parents. This month the New Mexico Striving Readers “NM Literacy Connections” grant totals $20 Million over the next three years and the New Mexico Charter Schools Program grant totals more than $22 Million over the next five years. Check out coverage in the Roswell Daily Record. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about either grant!

Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights

Hot off the Press: Charter schools were a hot topic this week. “More or Moratorium?” – was the name of a panel that took place in Santa Fe discussing the pros and cons of charter schools. Katie Poulos (Director of Options for Parents) sat on the panel. Check out the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican today.

Charter Grant: The Public Education Department scored a major federal grant this past week – $22,507,806.22 to be exact! Check out coverage in the Associated Press and the Albuquerque Journal.

New Mexico True Straight “A” Express Tour: Secretary Ruszkowski and PED team members continued the unprecedented tour around the state that is being talked about in all four corners! This week’s stops included: Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Los Lunas, and Belen. Check out coverage in the Albuquerque Journal and the Rio Rancho Observer. Be sure to check out our blog to stay up-to-date!

Blue Ribbon Schools: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recognized three New Mexico schools for winning the National Blue Ribbon School award – Arrowhead Park Early College High School in Las Cruces, Desert View Elementary School in Sunland Park, and Wood Gormley Elementary School in Santa Fe. We are thrilled! Congratulations to these schools for their hard work. Check out the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.                           

505 Scholars: Secretary R and three other cabinet secretaries joined Governor Martinez in announcing the 505 Southwestern New Mexico True Scholars scholarship program – an opportunity for students interested in making a positive impact on the agriculture industry in New Mexico. The press conference took place at Flagship Food Group warehouse in Albuquerque. Check out the coverage and incredible photo in the Los Alamos Daily Post. If you know anyone interested in applying for the $5,000 scholarship, visit the New Mexico 505 Scholars webpage.

ICYMI: New Mexico Student Featured on NBC News

ICYMI: New Mexico Student Featured on NBC News

On the plains of Eastern New Mexico sits a small rural community with a population of 2200 people, a median income of $28,000 and a county that stretches 2,334 square miles (6,050 km2).  In this vast county sits a small school and in this school is a 17-year-old young lady, Jazmin.  Jazmin was born in Mexico and began to learn English when she moved to the United States. She has a dream of being the first in her family to attend and finish college but deep down considered it just a dream.

The pivotal moment oddly enough was when she took the PSAT/NMSQT in 10th grade. When she received her scores, she was very upset, she tested in the ‘red’ range ‘needing to build skills’ in both Reading/Language and Math. She saw her dream slipping away and was actually tearful.

Jazmin immediately went to the school counselor to ask what she could do and was told to get busy on Khan Academy.  Her scores were linked; she began working in earnest in August and by October her PSAT/NMSQT score improved by 101 points!  She was elated to see that she was firmly in ‘green’ in both subjects.  She took the SAT using a fee waiver in the Spring and scored 1100, another opportunity given to her that allowed her to continue her voyage towards her dream.

Jazmin promptly went to the counselor and said, “I feel as if my dream of college is getting closer and closer to reality. I can do better; I will be on a more rigorous practice schedule this summer with my goal being to raise my overall score by 150-200 points. I wouldn’t even have the confidence to set a high goal if it were not for the opportunity I have been given through Khan Academy. Additionally, I am so grateful that my math teacher learned to use Khan in the classroom to push us even further. For the first time in my school career I feel as if I really can do this!”  This time it was the counselor who became tearful.

-This narrative was submitted by the College Board 

This week, Jazmin was featured in an NBC News story, “Road to College: Student Shows Improving Standardized Test Scores Takes Practice, Not Money

Khan Academy Resources 

Did you know that the state pays for every high school sophomore to take the PSAT and are provided with a free linked Khan Academy account? You can access the resources that Jazmin utilized for FREE. Use the resources below to learn more.

If you have questions, or you’d like to learn more please contact:
Bobbi Eichhorst
State Initiatives Education Administrator
College and Career Readiness Bureau
Phone: (505) 827-6712
Email: Barbara.Eichhorst@state.nm.us

Going the Distance

Going the Distance

When my nine-year-old son recently ran his first cross-country race, he joined a long line of long-distance runners. My entire family is obsessed with running—from my sister, who coaches a high school cross-country team, to my niece, who is a state champion long-distance runner. I’ve run my fair share of 5Ks and even trained for and completed a half-marathon! I guess you could say running just runs in our family.

My family also is full of teachers. My mother is a teacher, my sister and I used to teach in neighboring classrooms at Volcano Vista High School, and my son just finished the third-grade with my cousin as his teacher. We even have a few college instructors among us!

In a way, it isn’t surprising that our family is passionate for both long-distance running and education. Jogging thirteen miles and teaching a classroom of kids are similarly exhausting—but rewarding—activities. Both often involve waking up way too early in the morning. Both require a huge time commitment and determination in the face of discouragement. And both revolve around aiming high and working toward a distant goal: either making it to the finish line or helping students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and beyond.

But while a half-marathon has always been 13.1 miles, the definition of success for our students today is markedly different than it was when I was in school years ago. To be a smart citizen, consumer, and competitive in the workforce in 2017, you have to be able to think critically, understand other perspectives, and clearly explain your own ideas. The bar is higher now, and the race to reach it is more fast-paced and competitive than ever. As a teacher, I know we need to help students today be prepared for that race by challenging them to meet higher academic standards.

Higher expectations for students translate into different expectations for teachers, too. This notion fuels my work with the Secretary’s Teacher Advisory, a committee of teachers from around the state who have the ear of Acting Secretary of Education Christopher Ruszkowski on topics like school grades, standardized testing, and NMTEACH summative reports. There is no question that this is hard work and we certainly don’t agree on everything. As a group of dedicated teachers, we are focused on equipping and empowering teachers in order to, in turn, do the same for our students. We believe that when teachers reflect on how they teach and shift their practice to better support their students in meeting the standards, students will be more likely to succeed.

And the good news this is exactly what’s happening: New Mexico students are making gains and increasingly meeting the higher expectations that we’ve set for them with the New Mexico Common Core State Standards.

Despite this fantastic progress, we still have a long way to go. Only 19.7 percent of New Mexico students are proficient in math, and about 28.6 percent are proficient in reading. If we want more of our students to reach the finish line of graduating high school ready for college and careers, then we need to stay the course with our high standards and aligned assessments. We also need to ensure that teachers get feedback and support to help their students meet the standards. We’re on the right track here in New Mexico, and with some perseverance and renewed energy, we can truly help our young people go the distance.

New Mexico Continues to Rise – 2017 State Assessment Results Released

New Mexico Continues to Rise – 2017 State Assessment Results Released

In case you missed it, 2017 New Mexico state assessment results were released last week. Check out these key highlights of our statewide data.

New Mexico’s students are on the rise across most of the state’s BIGGEST districts.

New Mexico’s ten largest districts serve more than half of the state’s student population. Almost all of these districts now have many more kids reading and doing math on grade-level since the new baseline was established via the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in 2015.

  • Large NM Districts with some of the strongest gains:
    • Farmington
      • ELA proficiency is up 11.5%
      • Math proficiency is up 5.8%
    • Gadsden
      • ELA proficiency is up 10.7%
      • Math proficiency is up 6.9%
    • Gallup
      • ELA proficiency is up 5.6%
      • Math proficiency is up 3.7%
    •  Hobbs
      • ELA proficiency is up 9.2%
      • Math proficiency is up 5.1%

In New Mexico, school improvement is a CHOICE. Schools embracing change are showing results for kids.

When our districts and schools demonstrate belief in every student’s potential and embrace partnerships and best practices, they see results for our kids. Principals Pursuing Excellence (PPE) & Teachers Pursuing Excellence (TPE) are prime examples of targeted investments and collaboration that are changing kids’ lives.

  •  In 124 PPE schools (four cohorts) serving more than 28,000 tested students, academic achievement is on the rise from 2015 to 2017:
    •  ELA proficiency is up 7.2%
    •  Math proficiency is up 4%
  • PPE schools (Cohorts 1-4) are closing achievement gaps when compared to non-PPE schools: In Math a 4% point gap is now a 2% point gap. In ELA a 7% point gap is now a 1% point gap.

The eight TPE schools (within Belen, Penasco, Farmington, & Alamogordo) have embraced another statewide initiative and have shown impressive results from 2015 to 2017:

  • ELA proficiency is up 10.3% in TPE schools
  • Math proficiency is up 10.6% in TPE schools

New Mexico established higher expectations for our kids in 2015 (new baseline year) that were college-and-career ready aligned—and our students are RISING to the challenge.

Nearly 15,000 more students are reading and doing math on grade-level since 2015. That’s 15,000 more families who can trust that their children are on-track for college and career readiness. New Mexico’s students are up in nearly every category since PARCC began, showing that New Mexico’s students, teachers, schools, and communities are rising to the challenge of what it takes to compete in the 21st century economy.

  •  8,000 more students are on grade level (up 2.2 %) in ELA (Reading) since 2015:
    • 3rd grade: up 1.2%
    • 4th grade: up 1.5%
    •  5th grade: up 5.4%
    • 8th grade: up 5.1%
  • 7,000 more students on grade level (up 2.3 %) in Mathematics since 2015:
    • 3rd grade: up 4.9%
    • 4th grade: up 4.6%
    • 5th grade: up 2.7%
    • 8th grade: up 3.3 %

Many of news and media outlets reported on our results this year including the Albuquerque Journal, The Farmington Daily Times, and the Roswell Daily Record.

All student assessment data is available on the PED website. We look forward to working with you over the next year to equip, empower and champion you so that in turn, we can equip, empower and champion our students and their success!