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Governor:Susana Martinez
Secretary of Education:Christopher Ruszkowski (Acting)
Quality Counts state grade:D
Pre-K-12 enrollment:340,365
Number of school districts:155
Number of public schools:891
Number of public school teachers:22,411
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,734
Percent minority students:76.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:62.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.0%
Percent of English-language learners:14.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:27.2%
8th grade math:20.3%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:24.8%
8th grade reading:24.4%

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Although the term isn’t specified in the Every Student Succeeds Act itself, some state plans for ESSA are embracing some form of “continuous improvement.”
June 18, 2018 – Education Week
Districts in multiple states criticized for being "overzealous" in pursuing felony charges against students who breached school networks in order to change grades.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
After some contentious debates over its tough teacher-evaluation system, New Mexico is reaching out with new initiatives aimed at incorporating teachers’ input on education decisions made at the state level.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
A higher percentage of teachers come up short in New Mexico than in many other states—but that could change.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Amid intense pushback, state officials abandoned draft language in its science standards that did not reflect the overwhelming scientific evidence on climate change and evolution.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Some early feedback offer clues about how strict or flexible the U.S. Department of Education will be in interpreting parts of the Every Student Succeeds Act as it decides whether to approve state blueprints.
June 21, 2017 – Education Week
Here are summaries of recent annual addresses by governors around the country.
January 25, 2017 – Education Week

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