Monday, February 7, 2011

New Mexico Reforms

If you missed it, here is the Real Accountability, Hard Work Can Fix NM Schools guest column in the ABQ Journal by New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera.

The basics:
  1. Grading formula for schools using the A through F grading system that everyone understands
  2. Reward success ('A' schools) and reverse failure ('F' schools)
  3. Ending social promotion - students must have the skills to advance
  4. Keep more money in classrooms
  5. Fund programs that work - stop paying for programs that don't
Many will recognize the education reforms that have Florida schools eliminating the achievement gap.  If something works, we should stick with it.

More to come as we follow New Mexico and the new education reforms taking hold!