School Choice Score: 0%
To move from one district to another requires the districts to agree to such transfers.
Charter Schools Score: 75%
The only components of the law that are slightly better than average for New Mexico’s charter school environment are the level of per-pupil funding and the fact that the state offers facilities assistance to charter schools. With a cap on the number of schools that can open and without any independent authorizers, New Mexico is stagnating its charter growth. A new rule that mandates charters move to public buildings or buildings that meet specific criteria in law could have implications on charter school growth down the road as well.
Online Learning Score: 0%
New Mexico has a state virtual school that offers an eLearning clearinghouse for online courses offered by K-12, higher education, and state agencies. Albuquerque Public School’s eCADEMY is the largest district program in the state and offers both supplemental and full-time options. During the 2012-2013 school year, the New Mexico Virtual Academy was established to extend full-time learning options for students in New Mexico. Additionally, two district-run virtual learning academies continue to offer part-time and full-time options for students in their local districts.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 68%
Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. Teachers who receive unsatisfactory evaluations are required to go on improvement plans, but ineffective classroom performance is not in itself a ground for dismissal. Performance is not considered during layoffs. There is a minimum state salary and the state requires raises based on credentials and years of experience.