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ESSA In New Mexico

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All ESSA applications are currently being reviewed. Announcement of awards will begin in mid-April and occur on a rolling basis.

Evidence-Based Interventions

Click here for Links to Evidence Based Intervention Clearinghouses

LEAs are charged with implementing ESSA, and ensure that LEAs are utilizing evidence-based strategies, activities, and interventions in schools in need of significant improvement.While some ESSA programs allow the use of all four levels of evidence, Section 1003a of New Mexico’s ESSA Plan requires that CSI schools use these funds only for interventions reflecting one of the highest three levels of evidence (Strong, Moderate, and/or Promising).

  • Strong: at least one well-designed and well-implemented experimental study (i.e., a randomized controlled trial).
  • Moderate: at least one well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study.
  • Promising: at least one well-designed and well-implemented correlation study with statistical controls for selection bias.

The PED will not provide a list of potential evidence-based interventions for school turnaround

programs for use by LEAs in schools identified as CSI that choose to apply for the Competitive Grants for School Improvement.  It is incumbent upon the LEA to demonstrate that the selected intervention falls into one of the three ESSA tiers of evidence in Category 1 (see table1).

Table 1: Tiers of Evidence in ESSA

Category 1: “demonstrates a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes or other relevant outcomes based on.”


Tier 1

“strong evidence from at least 1 well-designed and well-implemented experimental study”


Tier 2

“moderate evidence from at least 1 well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental study”


Tier 3

“promising evidence from at least 1 well-designed and well-implemented correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias”

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.


Ashley Eden
Director, Strategic Initiatives

Page last updated June 28, 2018