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NMPED, districts begin changes for struggling schools

Erica Zucco
May 31, 2018 05:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Plans are now in place for several New Mexico schools after the New Mexico Public Education Department deemed them in need of "most rigorous intervention." For Albuquerque Public Schools, that means major work on two elementary schools that must make changes and show improvement based on NMPED metrics.

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Los Padillas and Whittier Elementary Schools will undergo longer days and school years, robust teacher recruitment, a pay scale involving higher pay for higher-performing teachers, and new principals in charge. Each school will get an extra $2 million to cover the cost of that work.

"But ultimately, it's about outcomes," said NMPED Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski.

That means schools must get Cs or higher for three of their next four NMPED grades, or it's back to the drawing board.

"If kids' lives don't change, right, there's inputs. But then there's outputs and we're excited and enthusiastic about the possibilities and prospects of those outcomes but only if they yield new life outcomes for kids," Ruszkowski said.

As for Hawthorne Elementary School, APS has to keep parents up to date on school performance, and tell them about more highly-performing schools in the area. If the NMPED believes they aren't facilitating that, the department could step in again.

"The parents and families at Hawthorne deserve the same options as every parent and every family regardless of income, regardless of background, regardless of zip code. And it's APS' responsibility to facilitate that," Ruszkowski said.

The department is also pushing measures to make sure more schools don’t end up in the same position, including a training program for principals.

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