A bill authored by state Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, to eliminate both the phrase “Adequate Yearly Progress” and AYP’s definition from the state’s public school code, received unanimous support Monday from the New Mexico House of Representatives.
The federal AYP standard, Roch said, can be replaced by the state’s own school grading program, thus eliminating AYP as the standard schools must meet.
To replace AYP, according to Roch, who is also superintendent of Logan Schools, “each state had to submit its own school accountability plan to the U.S. Department of Education as part of its application for a waiver from the provisions of No Child Left Behind.”
No Child Left Behind is the federal act that established the AYP standard.
“New Mexico’s accountability plan includes rating schools using the A-F School Grading Act, which was enacted in NM in 2011,” Roch said. “This model uses both a static score based on proficiency and a growth score measuring the progress of students over time.”
Roch said this balance “represents a significant improvement over AYP.”
Roch’s bill must now be approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez to become law.