For New Mexico schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement, the state offers both a relative and criteria-based way to exit.
Schools will be able to exit improvement status by performing above the 5 percent threshold, or receiving a letter grade of C. These options may represent significant differences in performance levels, but it is likely that schools will exit via the lower bar of improving above the 5 percent threshold, rather than meeting the requirements of a C grade. The state should provide additional details, for example, over what period of time a school must demonstrate improvement in order to exit identification status.
The state’s plan to exit schools identified for targeted support and intervention is also vague.
New Mexico’s plan says that schools would need to successfully implement their improvement plan and show “sufficient growth” for two consecutive years, but the state does not define what “sufficient growth” might mean.