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New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance

 This alliance brings together educators, policymakers, researchers, and others to identify and reduce obstacles to academic success among the state’s Hispanic and Native American students.


Sizable achievement gaps separate New Mexico’s Hispanic and Native American students from other student groups on the state’s standardized assessment.1 These achievement gaps contribute to New Mexico’s high percentage of low-performing schools (77 percent in 2010).2

To support ongoing efforts to address these critical needs, the New Mexico Achievement Gap Research Alliance seeks to use data and evidence to identify and understand factors that facilitate or impede progress in reducing achievement gaps among subpopulations of K–12 students in New Mexico. The findings will inform efforts to close achievement gaps. Alliance work includes refining the research agenda and supporting the use of data and evidence to improve practice, policy, and student outcomes. In addition, the alliance builds the knowledge base and capacity of New Mexico educators and policymakers to understand and apply data and research evidence.

Goals

  • Identify factors that facilitate or impede efforts to reduce achievement gaps among New Mexico's Hispanic and Native American students in K–12 education
  • Expand the capacity of New Mexico educators and policymakers to use data and research evidence to reduce achievement gaps


1. Childress, M. (2010, February 4). Hispanic education act targets achievement gap. The New Mexico Independent.

2. Usher, A. (2011). Update with 2009-10 data and five-year trends: How many schools have not made adequate yearly progress? Washington, DC: Center on Education Policy. Retrieved from http://www.cep-dc.org/displayDocument.cfm?DocumentID=357