For Immediate Release: October 12, 2018
New Mexico Public Education Department Announces Targeted $7.7 Million for Innovative “Direct Student Services”
New Mexico becomes first state to fully unlock this additional funding opportunity for at-risk students
Santa Fe, NM—Today, Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski announced an additional $7.7 million in funding for at-risk students across the state via the new Direct Student Services (DSS) initiative, an opportunity made available under New Mexico’s top-rated State Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). New Mexico is the first state in the nation to fully unlock this funding opportunity for at-risk students. Earlier this year, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) announced an additional $40 million investment for school turnaround efforts, which included the first-of-its-kind High School Redesign Network, significant dollars made available for More Rigorous Intervention (MRI) schools, DSS, and the ongoing expansion of proven programs such as Principals Pursuing Excellence (PPE).
New Mexico is the first state in the nation to fully implement DSS as part of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, widely considered one of the best plans in the country. The NMPED set aside three percent of the statewide federal Title I allocation to focus additional resources on the students in greatest need of support. Through DSS, students will receive targeted instruction to improve math and literacy outcomes, high-quality tutoring with high-performing teachers, and, in some cases, transportation for students in rural areas to access extended-day learning.
Schools across New Mexico were encouraged to apply for DSS. The NMPED evaluated applications and awarded $3.3 million in federal DSS funding to 36 schools in 18 districts for the 2018-2019 school year. Schools with higher numbers of lower-performing student subgroups were prioritized for funding, as required by federal law. The remaining $4.4 million in DSS funding will be awarded for the 2019-2020 school year. It will support existing DSS programs and provide the opportunity for new applicants to launch their own targeted programs.
“New Mexico is once again leading the way, providing targeted funding opportunities for our schools and districts to identify and address their greatest academic needs in order to extend instructional time and provide students with high-quality extended learning experiences,” said Secretary Ruszkowski. “Over the past three years, we’ve traveled the entire state learning from our strongest schools and teachers, and this opportunity builds upon what we’ve learned—unlocking Direct Student Services builds upon our state’s strong foundation of accountability and innovation.”
DSS programmatic highlights for the 2018-19 school year include:
- Thirty-five schools in nine school districts that are engaging students through personalized literacy and math instruction, using programs like MATHia, AVID, and Read180.
- Schools in Taos that launched the Teach to One curricular approach, an innovative program that provides data-driven, personalized pathways for students to accelerate learning in mathematics.
- The Gallup-McKinley County School District is supporting English language learners with the help of IXL, an immersive, adaptive learning tool, and using Lexia, an adaptive assessment and personalized learning program, to drive rigorous K-5 literacy instruction.
School Year 2018-2019 DSS Awardees are:
- Albuquerque Public Schools: $496,354 among 14 schools
- Amy Biehl Charter High School: $64,500
- Central Consolidated Schools: $123,248 for Central HS
- Cobre Consolidated Schools: $356,810 awarded across four schools
- Deming Public Schools: Bell Elementary awarded $70,100
- Dexter Consolidated Schools: $99,203 for two schools
- Gallup-McKinley County Schools: $89,814 among three schools
- Hobbs Municipal Schools: $139,834 for two schools
- Lovington Municipal Schools: New Hope Alternative High School awarded $101,370
- Magdalena Municipal Schools: $189,644 for two schools
- Roswell Independent Schools: Sierra Middle School awarded $119,890
- Santa Fe Public Schools: $215,319 for two schools
- Taos Municipal Schools: $562,147 for two schools
The next round of DSS funding opens later this month.