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New Mexico plans to replace public school grading system

February 22, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials plan to abandon the A-F school grading system in favor of a structure that classifies schools by the amount of state and federal support they need.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the state Public Education Department plans to install a rating system that will put less weight on standardize test scores.

Tim Hand, deputy secretary of the education department, says the model aims to provide a more complete picture of a school that focuses less on a single test from a single day.

The system will divide schools into five designations, with the top 25 percent classified as “New Mexico Spotlight Schools.”

The department will direct federal dollars to the schools in the bottom 25 percent, designating them as “Support Schools,” or “Rigorous Intervention Schools.”

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com