This regulation shall assist in the implementation of standards for excellence through the use of the educational plan for student success (EPSS), content standards with benchmarks and performance standards, and additional program and procedural requirements specified in this regulation. The primary mechanism for planning and implementation is the educational plan for student success (EPSS).

A. District responsibilities for the EPSS. The EPSS is a strategic improvement plan that is written or revised based on trend data and the academic achievement of the school and district. Each district is required to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate the plan on an annual basis. Additionally, the district shall ensure that a site-level EPSS is developed by each school within the district and by each charter school for which the district is the chartering agency. State-chartered charter schools shall develop a site-level EPSS. Districts with fewer than 600 students may write only one EPSS for the entire district; however, a district with a school in or receiving a school improvement status classification is not eligible for this option. The EPSS shall be guided by the following four questions:
(1) What is the current level of performance compared with the annual measurable objectives (AMOs)? This requires a review of student performance data using system of assessments trends, available short-cycle assessments and other assessments used at local sites.
(2) Where does the district or charter school need to be, compared with the AMOs? This requires a review of overall goals/target areas (performance indicators).
(3) How will the district or charter school achieve its stated goals/target areas? This requires development of strategies and activities for improvement.
(4) How does the district or charter school know it is meeting short-term and annual goals? This requires a review of available short-cycle and system of assessments data.
B. The school improvement framework. The school improvement framework is the document that is used by public schools and districts to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate schools in the school improvement process. The department shall develop the framework in alignment with applicable state and federal laws. It shall be revised annually or as necessary, and approved by the secretary.


N.M. Code R. § NMAC - Rp, NMAC, 6-30-2009; A, 10-31-11, Amended by New Mexico Register, Volume XXXI, Issue 23, December 15, 2020, eff. 12/15/2020

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