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ESSA In New Mexico

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ESSA In New Mexico 2018-01-03T16:20:18+00:00

New Mexico ESSA Plan

Over the past six years, New Mexico has been steadfast in the belief that every child in New Mexico, regardless of background, ethnicity, or zip code, can learn and achieve academic success. At every level, Governor Susana Martinez and her administration have worked to implement initiatives that deliver on the promise of a quality education for every one of New Mexico’s 339,613 students. The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has been at the forefront of pursuing a student-centered reform agenda, knowing that each year is an urgent opportunity to give our students the chance to succeed.

Under Governor Martinez, the PED established a strategic plan in 2011 (updated in 2017 to coincide with the state’s ESSA plan) that included five priorities designed to deliver on the promise that every child can learn:

  • Smarter Return on Investment
  • Real Accountability for Real Results
  • Ready for Success
  • Effective Teachers and School Leaders
  • Options for Parents

In December of 2015 the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. ESSA replaced the previous law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2002, and updated its predecessor the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Overall the law represents a shift to empowering State Education Agencies (SEAs) to deliver results for students with both greater accountability and flexibility. Because New Mexico put student-centered reforms in place throughout the past six years, the state is well-positioned to continue to build on our strong foundation and build upon what we heard from New Mexico communities as we continue our rise in student progress.

New Mexico’s state plan under ESSA builds on the momentum of recent student success while meeting updated federal requirements. The plan includes a continued commitment to robust college and career ready standards and assessments, meaningful school accountability, a commitment to ensure that all students are served by excellent educators, and dynamic strategies for turning around the state’s struggling schools. The plan also articulates New Mexico’s methodology for setting statewide academic goals and trajectories and an approach to strategically utilize federal funding to best meet the needs of our students.

Transition & Implementation

State flexibility waivers from NCLB expired on August 1, 2016. Under ESSA, states and districts are expected to continue interventions through the 2016-17 school year. The requirements of ESSA go into effect in the 2017-18 school year, and new state plans will be due in Spring 2017.


Ashley Eden
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Phone: (505) 827-6104

Page last updated January 3, 2018