View Navigation

2015 Report Card

Please select a section of the 2014 Report Card:

Education & Pre-k - Grade 3

The Public Education Department (PED) has made pre-k through third grade education a priority. In this developmental stage, it is crucial that children are well-equipped with the tools necessary to learn and progress.

2014 Accomplishments

  1. Between FY13-14, funding for the Public Education Department (PED) increased significantly. Pre-K programming received 29% more funding, from $14.9 million in FY13 to $19.3 million in FY14. In addition, Kindergarten through third grade plus programming received 33% more funding, from $15.9 million in FY13 to 21.3 million in FY14.

  2. For the third consecutive year, all first graders received a free book from the Public Education Department. Over 30,000 students were given a book.

  3. This summer, the Public Education Department collaborated with the Governor’s office on the New Mexico True Reading Challenge. The program offered prizes, including vacations to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Red River. The PED also collaborated with Dion’s and the Albuquerque Isotopes on another challenge called Club Read. Hundreds of thousands of brochures were delivered to local schools and nearly 8,000 students participated in these two challenges.

  4. Since 2011, Reads to Lead funding has reached approximately 102,000 students in 87 districts and 33 charter schools. The funding has been used to implement a common formative reading assessment in grades Kindergarten through 3rd, hire 72 reading coaches, and provide professional development training to school staff and parents.

  5. In 2014, the Department of Cultural Affairs, through a partnership between the New Mexico State Library and the New Mexico Highlands University, brought hands-on, explorative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs to public and tribal libraries throughout the state. The focus of this initiative, titled NM Makerstate, is to engage kids in makerspace programs, such as 3D printing and software design. Makerspaces are community areas where people gather to create, invent, share skills, and participate in learning through community workshops.

Programs & Services

Arts and Service Grants (DCA)

School programs are supported through Arts in Learning funding or through general support of the many nonprofit organizations funded by New Mexico Arts who work in New Mexico schools throughout the state. We also fund many community arts organizations who work with children – in fact the vast majority of our arts services grantees do work with children and/or youth.

Budget Implications: A total of $750,000.00, of which $375,000.00 was Federal and $375,000.00 was State, was expended in the Arts and Services Grants Program in FY13.

Web Address: http://www.nmarts.org/

NM State Library Summer Reading (DCA)

The New Mexico State Library (NMSL) leads and supports a summer reading program to inspire a love of reading in school age children, as well as, to prevent the loss of reading skills over the summer. By implementing a wide array of programs and hands-on activities, the summer reading program (SRP) attracts children and parents to libraries and promotes the importance of continuing to read during the months school is out.

Budget Implications: A total of $22,000.00 Federal dollars were allocated to libraries throughout the state for this program in FY13.

Web Address: http://www.nmstatelibrary.org

MNH&S Nature Center and Classroom Outreach (DCA)

Sandia Mountain Nature Center: Over 15,000 students, teachers and parents participate in the Ecology Field Program this year. Facilities include 128-forested acres, trails, classrooms, exhibits and conservation demonstrations. Albuquerque Public Schools is a major partner, supporting day-long visits from every fifth grader in the district. Through outreach efforts for schools outside of APS, the SMNHC reaches over one-third of the fifth graders in the state.

Budget Implications: A total of $50,000.00 in State money was allocated to this program in FY 13.

Web Address: http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/education

Interventions for Low Performing Schools (D&F Schools) (PED)

PED is supporting struggling schools by expanding the number of schools participating in the School Leadership Turnaround Program, further developing the Principal’s Pursuing Excellence mentoring program, and continuing in-person support and professional development to help school staff to make data driven decisions at struggling schools. Over 2,000 school staff were trained of people trained in FY13.

Budget Implications: In FY13, $3.5 million dollars in recurring funding were allocated to the program. The Daniel’s Fund provided $460,000 to the program as well.

Web Address: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PrioritySchoolsIndex.html

NM Reads to Lead (PED)

New Mexico Reads to Lead provides an aligned approach for districts and schools to ensure that children can read by the end of third grade—giving them essential skills for future career and college success. New Mexico Reads to Lead funds a reading K–3 Formative Assessment System provided to districts at no cost. It also provides regional and district reading coaches, supports for intervention, and professional development for parents, teachers, reading coaches, and administrators.

Budget Implications: In FY13, the Reads to Lead program was allocated $8.5 million in non-recurring funding to train 2,200 school staff members.

Web Address: http://literacynewmexico.org/

A-F School Grading

School grades improve schools by holding them accountable for student learning and allowing the state to identify and invest in schools that are struggling. The grades provide stakeholders a more useful and clear picture of student performance and avoid classifying schools based on characteristics outside their control. In 2013, over 70 percent of New Mexico schools maintained or improved their school grade, with high schools across the state showing the greatest improvement.

Budget Implications: N/A

Web Address: http://webapp2.ped.state.nm.us/SchoolData/SchoolGrading.aspx

New Mexico Graduates Now!

The goal of New Mexico Graduates Now is to increase the state’s high school graduation rates, decrease the number of dropouts and prepare students for success in college or the workplace. In FY13, the program paid for all students to take college readiness assessments, and prepared to launch the following programs: establish new early college high schools, expand workforce readiness programs, increase participation and success in AP in high schools, and implement an early warning dropout system.

Budget Implications: N/A

K-3 Plus (PED)

K-3 Plus provides up to 25 days to the school year for at-risk students in grades K through 3. The purpose of K-3 Plus is to demonstrate that increased time in kindergarten and the early grades narrows the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and other students, increases cognitive skills and leads to higher test scores for all participants. Extended school years have been shown through research to have an impact on student achievement, particularly third grade reading.

Budget Implications: In FY13, $11 million in recurring funding was allocated for K-3 Plus to serve 7,103 students.

Web Address: http://ped.state.nm.us/EarlyChildhood/index.html

NMTEACH (Teacher and Principal Evaluation)

The new teacher evaluation system will be fully implemented during the 2013-2014 school year, and improves on the previous evaluation system which rated 99 percent of teachers as satisfactory in performance despite low student achievement in the state. The new evaluation system evaluates teachers on performance in the following categories: 50% on improved student achievement, 25% on observations of a teachers’ classroom practice, and 25% on other measures such as student surveys.

Budget Implications: In FY13 $1 million in non-recurring funds was allocated for teacher evaluation professional development.

Web Address: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/NMTeachIndex.html

Pre-K (PED)

The Pre-K Program promotes kindergarten readiness and early literacy based upon the New Mexico Language Arts Content Standards Benchmarks, and Performance Standards. Priority was given to those schools with the highest proportion of students most in need based upon at-risk indicators, or grade-level schools that serve an entire school district.

Budget Implications: In FY13, $10 million in recurring funding was allocated for PreK to serve 2,850 students.

Web Address: http://ped.state.nm.us/EarlyChildhood/index.html

GEAR UP (HED)

GEAR UP’s goals are to: 1) increase family knowledge regarding postsecondary education preparation and financing, and increase the educational expectations of participating students and their parents; 2) increase the high school graduation and college enrollment rates of GEAR UP students; 3) improve the academic performance of students so that they are prepared to do college level work; and 4) foster systemic change in GEAR UP schools that will outlast the grant funding.

Budget Implications: $3 million federal dollars and $3 million non-federal (state, school district and private) matching dollars spent in FY13 and 10,581 Children Served

Web Address: http://hed.state.nm.us/programs/gear-up-new-mexico-home-page-.aspx

Legislative Achievements

HB271 K-12 BREAKFAST AFTER THE BELL PROGRAM (REP. MARTINEZ)

This legislation expands the "Breakfast after the Bell" program to all schools where 85% or more of their students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. This increases the number of kids in middle and high school participating in school breakfast.

SB158 DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM PARITY (REP. ROCH; SEN. IVEY-SOTO)

This legislation expands beneficiaries of the dual credit program. It allows students in a Bureau of Indian School, a private school, or a home school the ability to participate in the dual credit program. Students receive a tuition waiver for the dual credit course, rather than paying the full cost of tuition.

SB159 EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING (REP. STEWART; SEN. CANDELARIA)

As education moves toward more high-tech classrooms, this legislation will help schools address technological deficiencies by allowing up to $10 million of the public school capital outlay fund to be expended each year between FY14-19 for an Education Technology Infrastructure Deficiency Corrections.

SB206 FOSTER CARE SYSTEM STUDENT TUITION WAVER (SEN. MUNOZ)

Senate Bill 206 enables state and private educational institutions to provide a tuition waiver at public post-secondary educational institutions for students who have been in the state foster care system or in the legal custody of an Indian nation, tribe, pueblo, or Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Proposed Next Steps

Step 1:
The Department of Cultural Affairs, through a partnership between the New Mexico State Library and the New Mexico Highlands University, will continue to bring hands-on, explorative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs to public and tribal libraries throughout the state. Entering its second year, the NM Makerstate Initiative will canvass more library locations with "pop-up" makerspace events as well as collaborate with public libraries to implement in-depth, ongoing programs, including out-of-school-time clubs. The goal of this initiative is to promote digital literacy and interest in STEAM concepts by encouraging participants to reclaim New Mexico’s rich heritage of making while introducing exciting new technologies, and presenting digital learning opportunities in a fun and accessible way.
Step 2:
The Public Education Department (PED) is requesting funds to further expand its Pre-K, K-3 Plus and Reads to Lead programs to continue its positive impact on students. Pre-K and extended school year programs have shown to have a significant impact on early student achievement. In 2013, districts that participated in Reads to Lead increased the percentage of students proficient in reading by 7.8 percentage points, with some districts experiencing double-digit growth. The program increased the percent of English language learners proficient in reading by 7.7 percentage points that year.
Step 3:
CYFD has implemented a number of program enhancements for the Child Care Assistance program. The Child Care Assistance program reimburses child care providers for the care provided to children of low income families while they (parents) work or attend school. CYFD is continuing with strategic planning for other program enhancements over the next 6 month to 1 year time period. Program enhancements directly support child care providers in their quest to achieve quality improvements for their programs through FOCUS by ensuring they remain on solid financial footing.
Step 4:
During the first six months of SFY15 CYFD implemented a number of program enhancements for the Child Care Assistance program. The Child Care Assistance program reimburses child care providers for the care provided to children of low income families while they (parents) work or attend school. The following are improvements implemented thus far:
  • Increased infant base rate (estimated cost: $5,800,000 annually)
  • Increased toddler base rate (estimated cost: $2,800,000 annually)
  • Increased part time rates (estimated cost: $6,300,000 annually)
  • Established FOCUS monthly differentials (initial estimated cost: $1,100,000 annually)
  • Increased rural child care provider rates to equal metro rates (estimated cost: $2,000,000 annually)
In addition to the above program enhancements for the Child Care Assistance program CYFD is continuing with strategic planning for other program enhancements over the next 6 month to 1 year time period.

The above program enhancements directly support child care providers in their quest to achieve quality improvements for their programs through FOCUS by ensuring they remain on solid financial footing.

Also, in FY15 CYFD received additional general fund appropriations for the pre-k program to increase Basic Service Pre-K and pilot Extended Day Pre-K. The response to the Extended Day RFA issued by CYFD was so large that CYFD committed another $3,000,000 to the Extended Day Pre-k pilot. Total FY15 Pre-K funding increased by approximately $8,000,000 as compared to FY14 resulting in 3,445 children budgeted to be served by CYFD Pre-K in FY15.
© 2015 New Mexico Children's Cabinet