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New Mexico Education

A Profile on New Mexico Education and Schools

By

New Mexico Education

New Mexico Public Education Department

New Mexico Secretary of Education:

Hanna Skandera

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days or 990 hours (K-6) and 1080 hours (7-12) are required by New Mexico state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 89 public school districts in New Mexico.

Number of Public Schools: There are 868 public schools in New Mexico. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 337,225 public school students in New Mexico. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 21,957 public school teachers in New Mexico.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 84 charter schools in New Mexico.

Per Pupil Spending: New Mexico spends $9,351 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In New Mexico is 15.3 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 90.2% of schools in New Mexico are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.8% of students in New Mexico are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 15.9% of students in New Mexico are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 68.0% of students in New Mexico schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 25.9%

Black: 2.0%

Hispanic: 59.4%

Asian: 1.2%

Pacific Islander: 0.0%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 10.1%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 67.3% of all students entering high school in New Mexico graduate. **

ACT/SAT rank: 156.4 students per 1000 in New Mexico had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 273 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in New Mexico. The U.S. average was 284.

Reading: 256 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in New Mexico. The U.S. average was 266.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 72.4% of students in New Mexico go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 182 private schools in New Mexico.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 23,581 private school students in New Mexico.*

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of New Mexico was $52,523.33 in 2009.##

Each individual district in the state of New Mexico negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in New Mexico provided by the Albuquerque Public School District.

 

*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of ED.gov

***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info

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