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nd throughout the nation is undergoing significant change. Newly introduced Common Core Standards are replacing learning benchmarks that required a generation of students to be “proficient.” Federal “No Child Left Behind” assessments used in past years called for students to be proficient as measured by Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
The failure of these standards is demonstrated by the oft-reported failure of N.M. high school graduates to be prepared for college or careers. AYP standards have been replaced with New Mexico Standards Based Assessment tests that measure individual student growth during each year.
In addition, a New Mexico teacher evaluation process that simply rated teachers satisfactory (99 percent of the time), or unsatisfactory is being replaced with a new evaluation protocol that rates teachers in five categories ranging from exemplar to minimally effective and identifies individualized areas for professional growth.
These national and state educational changes are being rapidly implemented in New Mexico generally through mandates from the Public Education Department (PED). The relatively large number of mandated changes being rapidly implemented has led to increased frustration by a substantial number of the instructional staff in Los Alamos.


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