During the Fall of 2016, the New Mexico Public Education Department worked with the non-partisan public policy organization New Mexico First to launch one of the largest education listening tours in New Mexico’s history—New Mexico Rising. The feedback collected through the listening tour will inform New Mexico’s state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is our roadmap for ensuring that all of our students are learning at high levels. Many of the foundational building blocks that are required in the new law–high standards, accountability, and quality assessments–are already established.
PED is grateful to the hundreds of teachers, parents, and community leaders who gave of their time to provide meaningful and constructive feedback during our listening tour. As we continue to refine our state plan, there are several steps which we can take immediately in response to the feedback we have received. Below are three of the major themes found in the report and how PED is responding to them right away.