For Immediate Release: November 16, 2018
New Mexico Public Education Department Releases 2018 District Report Cards
New Mexico’s top-rated State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act ensures that families and community members are informed about school and district performance
Santa Fe—Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department released 2018 District Report Cards, as required by state statute and the State’s top-rated plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). School Grades were released in August 2018—and earlier this month the state launched NMSCHOOLGRADES.COM, the first-ever online portal for parents and families to view school performance.
Fort Sumner and Tularosa school districts, both which have a school that earned its first-ever “A” school rating this year and were visited by Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski on the NM-True Straight-A Express earlier this fall, improved their district grades from a C to B. Melrose Public Schools grew from a B to an A.
Farmington Municipal Schools, Rio Rancho Public Schools, and Los Alamos Public Schools all earned B grades for the 2017-18 school year. Albuquerque Public Schools, Roswell Independent School District, Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, Hobbs Municipal Schools, and Los Lunas Schools all earned C grades. Most of the state’s largest districts maintained the same overall grade—with several schools on the rise but also with critical areas for improvement across and within schools.
Santa Fe Public Schools, Bernalillo Public Schools, and Belen Consolidated Schools all dropped a single letter grade from the previous year, earning D’s for the 2017-18 school year. Deming Public Schools also earned a D. While Santa Fe, Bernalillo and Belen each have an elementary school earning an “A” while serving students from low-income communities (Pinon, Placitas, & Gil Sanchez, respectively), best practices and effective instructional implementation have not yet been fully-scaled across these districts.
District Report Cards must be released by November 15th of each year, per state statute, and must be published in local news outlets.
The following school districts earned A’s for the 2017-18 school year: Cloudcroft Municipal Schools, Corona Municipal Schools, Des Moines Municipal Schools, Melrose Public Schools, and Tatum Municipal Schools.
The following school districts earned F’s for the 2017-18 school year: Mountainair Public Schools, Vaughn Municipal Schools, and Zuni Public Schools.
Through NMSchoolGrades.com, families will soon be able to view each school district’s grade for the 2017-18 school year. NMPED publishes district accountability reports annually as required by New Mexico Statute 22-2C-11. District report cards provide a comprehensive report of each district’s achievement, growth, teacher qualifications, and postsecondary success. The methodology employed mirrors School Grades, and District Report Cards also include additional information such as School Board member training and budget and financial information. District Grades can be found at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/accountability/district-report-cards/