New Mexico’s plan provides a simple, high-quality list of meaningful indicators of student success.
The state’s indicators include growth of the lowest-performing students, college and career readiness, extended-year graduation rates, and chronic absenteeism. The state does well to include a broader measure of high school graduation, while still placing a strong emphasis on the four-year cohort graduation rate.
New Mexico indicates that a school that does not meet the 95 percent participation rate will have its letter grade dropped one letter.
The state could further strengthen its plan by applying the same rule if any individual subgroup does not have a 95 percent test participation rate.
Similarly, New Mexico mentions it plans to further align its accountability system and its long-term “Route to 66” goal by including college enrollment and remediation rates within its college- and career-readiness indicator.
New Mexico may want to consider setting more nuanced timelines for students to gain English-language proficiency.
Currently, New Mexico’s plan proposes a common five-year timeline regardless of level of proficiency upon entry, but students who start at higher levels may be capable of progressing faster than five years.