REPORT CARD
NEW MEXICO
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1992 1996
Student Achievement
(NAEP scores out of 100%)
Proficient in science,
8th grade:
19%
Proficient in math,
8th grade:
11% 14%
 
URBAN CHALLENGE
Disadvantaged Schools
(NAEP scores out of 100%)
Below basic in reading,
4th grade:
77%
Below basic in math,
8th grade:
48%
1997 1998
Standards and
Assessments:
A B+
Quality
of Teaching:
C- D
School Climate: D+ D
Resources
Adequacy: B B+
Equity: C- ?
Allocation: B- D
NOTE: The grades on school climate are not comparable from one year to the next because the data sources have changed.
? indicates the state did not participate in national assessment, survey, or data collection.

COMMENT: An overhaul of the school finance system last year funneled $65 million in new money to schools. And legislators toughened school accountability. But the grade for teaching quality dropped because the state has not adopted standards for new teachers. It ranks near the bottom for the percent allocated to instruction. Urban districts outperform nonurban ones, with state policy both a help and a hindrance.

AN URBAN SNAPSHOT
Albuquerque
  • 25% of state's population
  • 22% of state's children
  • 15% of state's poor children
  • 3% of state's children living in extremely impoverished neighborhoods

  • 27% of state's public school students
  • n/a of state's free-lunch students
  • 25% of state's minority students
  • 29% of state's spring 1994 graduates
  • 29% of FY 1994 state and local education revenue

This report card is part of Quality Counts '98, a special report from Education Week on the Web.

© 1998 Editorial Projects in Education

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