For Immediate Release: October 30, 2018
New Mexico Launches NMSchoolGrades.com–the State’s First-Ever Interactive School Performance Website For Parents & Families
After traveling the state and listening to stakeholders for two years, New Mexico delivers on another promise to families based upon their input
Albuquerque, NM – Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) announced the launch of the state’s first-ever online portal to help parents and families better access their school grades. NMPED worked with parents and families from across New Mexico to create NMschoolgrades.com—an interactive website filled with information on how schools are serving their students.
“Our parents and families deserve to know how our schools are serving their children. And they have a right to detailed performance information about all schools so they can make the best choice for their children,” said Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. “School grades matter. They are instrumental in providing transparency and informing the public on how our schools are doing, intervening when necessary, celebrating and spotlighting top-performing schools to learn from, and in providing parents and families with information to guide their choices.”
When navigating the website, families can find information about student performance, student population, attendance, past years performance, and more, in both English and Spanish. The website also includes animated videos in both English and Spanish that explain how schools are performing compared to neighboring schools.
“We know often times our most vulnerable students are left behind. The Hispanic Education Advisory applauds the clear publication of data that highlights the performance of Hispanic students and English learners. Our communities deserve to know how well our students are being served in our schools,” said the Hispanic Education Advisory Council (HEAC).
Under Governor Susana Martinez’s leadership, NMPED has developed a suite of tools and programs for families that include: the New Mexico Parent Guide, the NMPED Family Cabinet, NMEngaged, PARCC Individual Student Reports (ISRs) that must be delivered within thirty days to families, and now NMSchoolGrades.com.
“This site puts critical information in the hands of those who need it most and provides parents and families information that makes them the navigators of their children’s education,” said Amanda Aragon, Executive Director, NewMexicoKidsCAN. “We live in a data-rich world, but this data rarely finds its way to the people who need it most. From our Roundhouse to our classrooms, performance data makes a huge difference if it’s accessible, relevant and user-friendly. This is especially true when it comes to student learning and how well our schools are using their resources to create great educational experiences for every kid, which is why NMSchoolGrades.com is such a great resource for our community.”
The new website will also allow parents and families to access information about how schools are serving English Learners, Students with Disabilities, and students who are Economically Disadvantaged.
“When families visit their school’s report card online, they will be able to find a deeper level of information – that is easy to understand – than ever before. One of the most unique and groundbreaking aspects is incorporating videos into the reports, so that Spanish speaking parents have access to the report in their native language,” said Jacki Ball of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA). “New Mexico is a model for the rest of the country – we applaud the state for doing such an incredible job of authentically engaging families in developing this resource with communities around the state.”
Statewide, New Mexico’s student progress is unprecedented: 11,000 more students are doing math on grade level and 13,000 more students are reading on grade-level since 2015 – with Native American students improving their reading results more than any other group of students—by 8.2 percentage points. More students are taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) exams, more students are attending “A” and “B” schools, and the statewide graduation rate is at an all-time high. As we continue to raise the bar, our students are rising to the challenge.