Our teachers have teachers, too—and on Tuesday, the New Mexico Public Education Department released a set of report cards for 13 university-based and alternative programs that prepare educators to lead our classrooms.
When we launched earlier this year, we announced four policy goals, including the publication of Teacher Prep Report Cards. This is a policy win for NewMexicoKidsCAN, but more importantly it’s a win for New Mexico teachers, future educators and our students.
We can’t improve the quality of education in New Mexico without knowing the areas that need our attention, which is why we chose transparency as one of our guiding stars in our recently released report, The Future of Education in New Mexico. So how are our educator preparation programs doing?
Just four of the programs earned higher than a C overall—and none earned As. Programs were evaluated on admissions, candidate promise, hiring and retention and graduate performance. On top of the list is Central New Mexico Community College. The University of New Mexico ranks second, and New Mexico State University ranks third; NMSU also earned the only A from NMPED in a subcategory, scoring an A in admissions.
Every day, our public school teachers shape the future when they teach our kids. Finally, New Mexico will provide them with the meaningful experiences and preparation they deserve in a thoughtful framework—so everyone, including our students and their families, have something to celebrate.