2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 22-2C-7 — Adequate yearly progress; school improvement plans; corrective action.

22-2C-7. Adequate yearly progress; school improvement plans; corrective action.

A.     A public school that fails to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive school years shall be ranked as a school that needs improvement.   

B.     Within ninety days of being notified that a public school within the school district has been ranked as a public school that needs improvement, the school district shall submit an improvement plan for that public school to the department.  In developing the improvement plan, the local superintendent, the president of the local school board and the school principal of the public school that needs improvement shall hold a public meeting to inform parents and the public of the public school's rank.  The meeting shall be used to elicit suggestions from parents and the public on how to improve the public school.  After the public meeting, the school district shall develop the public school's improvement plan, and the local school board shall approve the improvement plan before it is submitted to the department.  The improvement plan shall be approved by the department within thirty days of its submission.  

C.     The improvement plan shall include: 

(1)     documentation of performance measures in which the public school failed to make adequate yearly progress; 

(2)     measurable objectives to indicate the action that will be taken to address failed measures; 

(3)     benchmarks to be used to indicate progress in meeting academic content and performance standards; 

(4)     an estimate of the time and the resources needed to achieve each objective in the improvement plan;  

(5)     the support services that shall be provided to students and applications for federal and state funds; and  

(6)     any other information that the public school that needs improvement, the local superintendent, the local school board or the department deems necessary.  

D.     A public school that needs improvement may apply to the department for financial or other assistance in accordance with the improvement plan.  The public school shall make application for assistance substantially in the form required by the department.  The department shall evaluate applications for assistance and may recommend changes to an application or to an improvement plan if warranted by the final application.  The department shall consider innovative methods to assist the public school in meeting its improvement plan, including department or other school employees serving as a mobile assistance team to provide administrative, classroom, human resource and other assistance to the public school that needs improvement as needed and as provided in applications approved by the department.  

E.     If a public school fails to make adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive school years, it shall provide transportation or pay the cost of transportation, within available funds, for students who choose to enroll in a higher ranked public school.  

F.     If a public school fails to make adequate yearly progress for three or more consecutive school years, it shall provide supplemental services, including  after-school programs, tutoring and summer services to its Title I eligible students, within available funds.  

G.     The department shall adopt rules that govern the priority for students for whom supplemental services shall be provided and for students for whom transportation costs are paid.  The rules shall include the adoption of a sliding-fee schedule based on the educational level of tutors in New Mexico; and require that providers use a  pre- and post-assessment instrument approved by the department to measure the gains that students achieve through supplemental services.  

H.     If a public school fails to make adequate yearly progress for four consecutive school years, it shall be ranked as a public school subject to corrective action and the school district, in conjunction with the department, shall take one or more of the following actions in addition to earlier improvements: 

(1)     replace staff as allowed by law;  

(2)     implement a new curriculum; 

(3)     decrease management authority of the public school; 

(4)     appoint an outside expert to advise the public school; 

(5)     extend the school day or year; or 

(6)     change the public school's internal organizational structure.  

I.     If a public school fails to make adequate yearly progress for five consecutive school years, the school district, in conjunction with the department, shall take one or more of the following actions in addition to other improvements: 

(1)     reopen the public school as a charter school; 

(2)     replace all or most of the staff as allowed by law;

(3)     turn over the management of the public school to the department; or 

(4)     make other governance changes.  

J.     A school district that fails to make adequate yearly progress for two consecutive school years may be subject to the same requirements as a public school that needs improvement or the same requirements as a public school subject to corrective action, as determined by the department.  A school district that fails to make adequate yearly progress for four consecutive school years shall be subject to corrective action.  

K.     The state or a school district shall not enter into management contracts with private entities for the management of a public school or a school district subject to corrective action.
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