States must make annual determinations of each local educational agency (LEA) within the state to assess the implementation of IDEA based on each LEAs performance on the State Performance Plan (SPP)  indicators; validity and reliability of data timely submitted by LEA;  evidence of uncorrected noncompliance; and any audit findings. The ratings that must be used are: meets requirements, needs assistance, needs intervention, needs substantial intervention.

These ratings are important because they determine each LEA’s eligibility to reduce its local level of special education expenditures as allowed by IDEA (See Q#9 for details.)

(NOTE: On June 3, 2009, the state of New Mexico received a “Needs Assistance” rating from the U.S. Department of Education.  Details on the 2009 rating for New Mexico are available here. This is the same rating the state received in both 2007 and 2008.)

The LEA determinations* for New Mexico based on the LEAs 2007-2008 Annual Performance Report (APR) are listed below. The APR data on which these determinations have been based is available here.


Alamogordo Public Schools
Artesia Public Schools
Bernalillo Public Schools
Capitan Municipal Schools
Carrizozo Municipal Schools
Clayton Municipal Schools
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools
Clovis Municipal Schools
Cobre Consolidated Schools
Corona Municipal Schools
Cuba Independent Schools
Dora Municipal Schools
Dulce Independent Schools
Elida Municipal Schools
Fort Sumner Municipal Schools
Grady Municipal School
Hatch Valley Public Schools
Hondo Valley Public Schools
House Municipal Schools
Jal Public Schools
Jemez Mountain Public Schools
Lake Arthur Municipal Schools
Logan Municipal Schools
Lordsburg Municipal Schools
Lovington Municipal Schools
Maxwell Municipal Schools
Melrose Public Schools
Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools
Mora Independent Schools
Mosquero Municipal Schools
Mountainair Public Schools
Pecos Independent Schools
Peñasco Independent Schools
Portales Municipal Schools
Quemado Independent Schools
Reserve Public Schools
Roswell Independent Schools
San Jon Municipal Schools
Santa Fe Public Schools
Socorro Consolidated Schools
T or C Municipal Schools
Taos Municipal Schools
Tatum Municipal Schools
Texico Municipal Schools
Vaughn Municipal Schools
Wagon Mound Public Schools
Zuni Public Schools


(First Year with this rating)

Animas Public Schools
Central Consolidated Schools
Chama Valley Independent Schools
Deming Public Schools
Des Moines Municipal Schools
Dexter Consolidated Schools
Eunice Municipal Schools
Floyd Municipal Schools
Questa Independent Schools
Raton Public Schools
Tularosa Municipal Schools

(Second Year with this rating)

Cimarron Municipal Schools
Los Alamos Public Schools
Roy Municipal Schools
Silver Consolidated Schools

(Third Year with this rating)

Albuquerque Public Schools
Aztec Municipal Schools
Bloomfield Schools
Carlsbad Municipal Schools
Estancia Municipal Schools
Gallup-McKinley County Schools
Hobbs Municipal Schools
Jemez Valley Public Schools
Las Vegas City Public Schools
Loving Municipal Schools
Magdalena Municipal Schools
Moriarty Municipal Schools
Rio Rancho Public Schools
Ruidoso Municipal Schools
Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools
Springer Municipal Schools


(First year with this rating)

Española Public Schools
Hagerman Municipal Schools
Pojoaque Valley Public Schools
Tucumcari Public Schools

(Second year with this rating)

Belen Consolidated Schools
Farmington Municipal Schools

(Third  year with this rating)

Gadsden Independent Schools
Grants-Cibola County Schools
Las Cruces Public Schools
Los Lunas Public Schools
West Las Vegas Public Schools


* This information was obtained through a request for public records as it is not available on the New Mexico state department of education website.

IDEAmoneywatch encourages all state departments of education to engage in full transparency and disclosure of all SPP-related information. An outstanding website to show such information has been developed by the Maryland State Department of Education.

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