Published Online: January 3, 2006

New Mexico's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 814
Public school teachers 21,569
Pre-K-12 students 323,066
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $2.3 billion
Minority students 67.2%
Children in poverty 28%
Students with disabilities 19.7%
English-language learners 16.9%

Summary of Grades

New Mexico scores above the average state in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts and just below average in one.

New Mexico does especially well on policies in the standards and accountability category, ranking among the best states in the nation. The state has sanctions in place to hold all low-performing schools accountable for their performance and also provides assistance to those schools. The state’s assessments are aligned to its standards at all grade spans in all of the core subjects, except social studies.

The state also earns higher marks than the average state in teacher quality. The state fares well in the areas of professional support and training and teacher assessments. Aspiring teachers are required to pass basic-skills and subject-knowledge tests to earn their initial licenses, while veteran teachers must undergo performance assessments to reach a more advanced stage of certification.

New Mexico does not fare as well in school climate, earning a below-average grade. The state does not have laws in place to address school harassment or to enforce specific penalties for school violence. But it but does gain points for its efforts related to the upkeep of school facilities and for indicators of class and school size.

In resource equity, New Mexico receives one of the highest grades in the nation. Its wealth-neutrality score indicates that its wealthier and poorer districts have similar per-pupil funding levels.

State Policy Report Card
New MexicoAvg. State Score
Standards and accountability A B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate C C+
Resource equity B+ C
Overall Grade B C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 26.25 30
School accountability 30 30
94 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 27.83 35
Teacher assessment 27.3 30
Professional support and training 18.5 20
Accountability for teacher quality 12 15
86 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 10.5 15
School safety 10.75 20
Parent involvement 9.3 15
Choice and autonomy 16 20
Class size 8.33 10
School size 7.83 10
School facilities 10 10
73 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 33.33 33.3
McLoone Index 33.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 21.67 33.3
88 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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