A-F Grading System
During the spring of 2011 the New Mexico legislature approved the A-F Grading System, a new rating system for schools intended to provide parents and community members a clearer picture of how our schools are performing. The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) used the A-F system to apply for flexibility from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current federal education law that requires states to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, (AYP). The A-F rating system was approved by the US Department of Education in February of 2012 and now replaces the AYP method of accountability in New Mexico schools.
PED released a set of preliminary A-F School Grade Reports in January of 2012 revealing the system’s components, the points assigned to each, and how schools would have scored for the 2010-2011 school year had the system been in place. The first official report cards will be released in summer of 2012. One of the greatest differences between AYP and New Mexico’s A-F system is that now schools are given credit for student achievement growth over three years. Other differences include an emphasis on parental involvement and student participation in activities, and rewarding high schools for preparing students for college or career. Like AYP, the A-F system is based largely on the state’s accountability test, the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment.
Letter grades should be used as just one measure of how well a school is performing. With the new A-F system, parents benefit by having an easy-to-understand, equitable school grading system. Schools benefit by identifying both areas of strength and areas that need improvement.
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A-F Explanatory Documents
- A-F Explanatory Presentation
- Elementary/Middle Annotated Point Summary
- High School Annotated Point Summary