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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

Growth Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

Growth Opportunities and Resources for Teachers

Take a look at these exciting opportunities and share with your colleagues. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Your Liaison,
Alicia Duran-505.467.9985

Register for Advanced Placement Summer Institute:

Interested in establishing an Advanced Placement course at your school, becoming a new AP teacher, or refreshing your AP professional learning?  

Registration is open for the NM AP Summer Institutes in the following locations:

  • Las Cruces 6/9-6/12
  • Rio Rancho 6/13-6/16
  • Las Vegas 6/20-6/23

Please talk with your administrator about plans for local AP course offerings, developing local programs of study, and sign up here: http://www.apnewmexico.com/summer_institutes

Link PSAT & Khan Academy for added benefits!

Not only can PSAT and the related suite of assessments provide valuable feedback, vetted resources, and even identify courses for which students demonstrate Advanced Placement Potential, but if students link a College Board and a Khan Academy account, they now have access to free, personalized SAT study resources!

Linking extends the benefits of both accounts to an easily accessible customized learning resource that can even be used on student phones. Make sure your students are college and career ready (and reading academic text through the summer) by walking them through how to link their accounts today!

Check out this great article by Great Schools: Cracking the Code on College Admissions Tests

Here are a couple of resources for you to use to promote Khan Academy with your parents and students:

Introducing the NM Career Clusters Guide

The New Mexico Career Clusters Guide for students, parents, counselors, faculty, and career changers is designed to be a tool that targets the career pathways needed to meet educational and employment goals.

This guide will assist all students in identifying the available career options by using individual interests, clearly defined pathways, and timely employment projections.  Students using this guide will be able to make career decisions that meet the needs of New Mexico’s current and emerging economy.

Here are some resources to use in exploring the guide:

Microsoft Office 365 Training

Teacher Academy
Embrace your inner geek and check out how these Office 365 tools are being used by some of the world’s most innovative educators in their classrooms. See examples of how these educators are not only transforming teaching and learning, but growing learners from consumers of content to creators of knowledge. Prepare today’s learners for their futures by leveraging communication and collaboration tools that extend learning opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom. In this workshop, participants will practice real time collaboration in Office 365, anytime communication with Skype, explore the endless possibilities with OneNote, and publish interactive content and digital storytelling in a Sway.


  • May 17, 2017
  • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Location: CES – 4216 Balloon Park RD NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
  • Training Cost: Free

To Register, click here