**What is NMVistas?**

New Mexico Vistas is a new school portal providing
comprehensive education information to families for informed school choices. It
celebrates successful schools and identifies those needing additional support,
aligned with the Every
Student Succeeds Act. The portal aims to support increased access to
equitable educational opportunities and ensure holistic student preparation for
college, career, and life.

School Designation

**What does this mean?**

All public schools in New Mexico receive a designation that describes the student outcomes
in the school. The NMVistas index used to identify support for schools will also be used to
provide designations of excellence in order to spotlight schools with excellent overall
performance and with success on individual indicators. The following school designations are
possible for public schools:

*School of Excellence*

Schools performing in the top 10% of all schools on the NMVistas school index.*Spotlight School*

Schools performing in the next 15% of all schools on the NMVistas school index.*Traditional School*

Schools performing below the top 25% of schools and not designated for additional supports per the following designations.*Targeted Support and Improvement School (TSI)*

Schools serving a student group that falls below the cutoff for CSI schools (described below).*Additional Targeted Support and Improvement School (ATSI)*

TSI schools serving a student group that is performing in the lowest 5% of all schools.*Comprehensive Support School (CSI)*

Title I schools that are:- performing in the lowest 5% of Title I schools in New Mexico as identified by the school index score;
- have an average four-year graduation rate less than or equal to 66.67% percent over the past three years;
- is a Title I school that was previously identified as an ATSI school due to low performing student subgroups that has not demonstrated sufficient improvement in those subgroups over three years; or
- the department may identify additional schools as CSI schools as deemed necessary.

*More Rigorous Intervention School (MRI)*

Schools not exiting CSI status after three years receiving support.

Overall Score

**What does this mean?**

This number represents an overall score for the school that
includes the NMVistas indicators appropriate for that school. It helps to inform the level
of support provided by the PED and identifies areas for celebration.

Each NMVistas indicator is matched to a corresponding State Targets. This means that schools
can earn the maximum number of points if they meet or exceed the state target for that
student group and that indicator.

**How was the overall score calculated?**

Schools can earn points by performing well across multiple components. The components
reflected in a school’s overall index include English Learner progress, attendance and
graduation rates, college and career readiness, as well as traditional metrics for academic
proficiency and growth.

**Who is included in this calculation?**

New Mexican students who have attended at least 10 days in a New Mexico Public school are
included. For academic indicators, a student must have been enrolled and attended at least
90 days of school in the second semester in order to be included in the calculation. This
means that any student who did not meet these criteria, will remain visible on a separate
report that educators can use for follow-up and to support students and families. Graduation
rates, growth, and college and career readiness are high-school indicators and include 9th
through 12th grade students.

To read more about who is included in points calculations and how NMVistas is calculated
please see these NMVistas technical guides.

Individual Measures

**Reading Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The reading proficiency rate measures the percent of students who are reading at the
expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.
*How was this calculated?*

Students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade and 11th grade are assessed in
reading. The reading proficiency rate is the number of students who are at grade level
or higher in reading divided by the total number of students who took the reading
assessment. If less than 95 percent of eligible students in the school were assessed,
the overall proficiency rate was reduced by multiplying by an attenuation rate based on
actual participation in assessments.

**Math Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The math proficiency rate measures the percent of students whose ability in math is at
the
expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.

Students in 3rd through 8th and 11th grade are assessed in math. The math proficiency rate is the number of students who are at grade level or higher in math divided by the total number of students who took the math assessment. If less than 95 percent of eligible students in the school were assessed, the overall proficiency rate was reduced by multiplying by an attenuation rate based on actual participation in assessments.

**Math Improvement**

*What does this mean?*

This measure shows whether students are learning less than, about the same as, or more
than
other students who are academically similar to them in math.
*How was this calculated?*

In prior years, academic growth calculations were based on student-level proficiencies
going back two years prior and comparing a student's growth to similarly performing
students, generating student growth percentiles or SGPs. The school's growth percentile
is the median SGP of all students enrolled at the school. Given that no summative tests
were administered in school year 2019-2020 and test administration was optional in the
2021-2022 school year, the PED did not calculate SGPs going back two years in 2023. To
calculate growth for school year 2022-2023, the PED compared school level proficiency in
2023 to that of 2022. Going forward, the PED will return to calculating academic growth
using SGPs and going back two years.

**Reading Improvement**

*What does this mean?*

This measure shows whether students are learning less than, about the same as, or more
than
other students who are academically similar to them in reading.
*How was this calculated?*

In prior years, academic growth calculations were based on student-level proficiencies
going back two years prior and comparing a student's growth to similarly performing
students, generating student growth percentiles or SGPs. The school's growth percentile
is the median SGP of all students enrolled at the school. Given that no summative tests
were administered in school year 2019-2020 and test administration was optional in the
2021-2022 school year, the PED did not calculate SGPs going back two years in 2023. To
calculate growth for school year 2022-2023, the PED compared school level proficiency in
2023 to that of 2022. Going forward, the PED will return to calculating academic growth
using SGPs and going back two years.

**English Learning Progress**

*What does this mean?*

English Learner (EL) Progress measures the percent of English learners who are on track
toward achieving English proficiency within five years.
*How was this calculated?*

The NM PED set annual goals for EL students. These annual goals were developed based on
the expectation that an EL student attains English language proficiency within five
years of initial identification. The annual goals take into account the student's grade
level and level of English language proficiency at the time the student is identified as
an EL student.

**Science Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The science proficiency rate measures the percent of students whose knowledge in science
is
at the expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.
*How was this calculated?*

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 are assessed in science. The science proficiency rate is
the number of students who are at grade level or higher in science divided by the total
number of students who took the science assessment. If less than 95 percent of eligible
students in the school were assessed, the overall proficiency rate was reduced by
multiplying by an attenuation rate based on actual participation in assessments.

**Regular Attendance**

*What does this mean?*

Regular attendance is the percent of students who attended more than 90% of school days.
*How was this calculated?*

Regular attendance measures the percent of students who are enrolled at the school that
attend school on more than 90% of school days.

**Science Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The science proficiency rate measures the percent of students whose knowledge in science
is
at the expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.
*How was this calculated?*

Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 are assessed in science. The science proficiency rate is
the number of students who are at grade level or higher in science divided by the total
number of students who took the science assessment. If less than 95 percent of eligible
students in the school were assessed, the overall proficiency rate was reduced by
multiplying by an attenuation rate based on actual participation in assessments.

**College and Career Readiness**

*What does this mean?*

High schools are awarded credit when students participate and succeed in college and
career readiness (CCR) activities. This measures the percent of high school students who
have participated in and achieved a passing grade in college and career courses
established in the State’s high school model.
*How was this calculated?*

The CCR indicator is calculated with the number of students both participating in and
succeeding in CCR activities divided by the number of students in the high school
cohort. The CCR calculation utilizes the same cohort that leads to the 4-year graduation
indicator.

**Growth In Four Year Grad Growth**

*What does this mean?*

The annual increase in the 4-year graduation rate over three years.
*How was this calculated?*

Growth in 4-year graduation is calculated by subtracting the 4-year graduation rate in
the school year two years ago from the 4-year graduation rate in the current school year
and dividing it by 2 to obtain annual growth.

**Four Year Grad Rate**

*What does this mean?*

The 4-year graduation rate measures the percent of students graduating within four years
with a high school diploma. The data for graduation rates is one year behind the data
for other accountability measures to allow students who complete high school
requirements over the summer to be included.
*How was this calculated?*

The NM PED uses the "adjusted cohort" method to calculate graduation rates. Each student
is assigned to a graduation cohort when they first enter any of the grades 9-12. Each
cohort is named for the year the students in the cohort are anticipated to graduate. If
a student attends more than one high school, the NM PED assigns a proportion of the
accountability for graduation to each school in which the student is enrolled.

**Five Year Grad Rate**

*What does this mean?*

This measures the percent of students graduating within five years with a high school
diploma. The data for graduation rates is one year behind the data for other
accountability measures.
*How was this calculated?*

The NM PED uses the "adjusted cohort" method to calculate graduation rates. Each student
is assigned to a graduation cohort when they first enter any of the grades 9-12. Each
cohort is named for the year the students in the cohort are anticipated to graduate. If
a student attends more than one high school, the NM PED assigns a proportion of the
accountability for graduation to each school in which the student is enrolled.

**Six Year Grad Rate**

*What does this mean?*

This measures the percent of students graduating within six years with a high school
diploma. The data for graduation rates is one year behind the data for other
accountability measures.
*How was this calculated?*

The NM PED uses the "adjusted cohort" method to calculate graduation rates. Each student
is assigned to a graduation cohort when they first enter any of the grades 9-12. Each
cohort is named for the year the students in the cohort are anticipated to graduate. If
a student attends more than one high school, the NM PED assigns a proportion of the
accountability for graduation to each school in which the student is enrolled.

**What is NMVistas?**

New Mexico Vistas is a new school portal providing
comprehensive information to families for informed school choices. It celebrates
successful schools and identifies those needing additional support, aligned with
the
Every Student Succeeds Act. The portal aims to increase access to equitable
educational opportunities and ensure holistic student preparation for college,
career, and life.

Overall Score

**What does this mean?**

This number represents an overall score for the school. It helps to inform the level of
support provided by the PED, and also identifies areas for celebration. The average
overall
score for Districts is 53. All schools that score within the top 25 percentile will
receive
a Spotlight Designation.

**How was this calculated?**

Schools can earn points by performing well across multiple components. Some components
reflected in a schools overall performance number include school climate, attendance and
graduation rates, as well as traditional metrics around academic proficiency and growth.

School Designations

**What does this mean?**

Schools receive designations based on a number of factors, including performance scores.

**How was this calculated?**

Schools can receive designations for earning top scores or be identified as needing
support.

*New Mexico Spotlight School*

Schools scoring above the 75th percentile*Traditional Support School*

Schools scoring above the threshold for support and improvement*Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI)*

Public Schools (Title I and non-Title I) with one or more student groups that meet the state's definition of consistently underperforming*Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI)*

Public Schools (Title I) with one or more student groups performing as poorly as the lowest performing 5 percent of Title I schools identified for CSI*Comprehensive Support and Improvement Student Group*

Title I schools that were previously identified for additional targeted support and improvement and that did not meet the statewide criteria for exiting ATSI status within the number of years determined by the state*Comprehensive Support School and Improvement Graduation Rate*

All public high schools in the state (Title I) with a four-year graduation rate below 66.67% for at least two out of the past three years*Comprehensive Support School and Improvement Low Performing *

Schools scoring in the bottom 5% of all Title I schools*More Rigorous Intervention (MRI)*

If a CSI School does not satisfy exit criteria within the identification cycle, they are identified as MRI.

Individual Measures

**Math Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The math proficiency rate measures the percent of students whose ability in math is at
the
expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.

Students in grades 3-11 are assessed in math. The math proficiency rate is the number of students who are at grade level or higher in math divided by the total number of students who took the math assessment or 95 percent of enrolled students in the school, whichever is greater.

**Reading Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The reading proficiency rate measures the percent of students who are reading at the
expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.
*How was this calculated?*

Students in grades kindergarten through grade 11 are assessed in reading. The reading
proficiency rate is the number of students who are at grade level or higher in reading
divided by the total number of students who took the reading assessment or 95 percent of
enrolled students in the school, whichever is greater.

**Math Improvement**

*What does this mean?*

This measure shows whether students are learning less than, about the same as, or more
than
other students who are academically similar to them in math.
*How was this calculated?*

Comparing a student's growth to similar performing students generates a student growth
percentage or SGP. The school's growth percentile is the median SGP of all students
enrolled
at the school.

**Reading Improvement**

*What does this mean?*

This measure shows whether students are learning less than, about the same as, or more
than
other students who are academically similar to them in reading.
*How was this calculated?*

Comparing a student's growth to similar performing students generates a student growth
percentage or SGP. The school's growth percentile is the median SGP of all students
enrolled
at the school.

**English Learning Progress**

*What does this mean?*

English Learner (EL) Progress measures the percent of English learners who are on track
toward achieving English proficiency within five years.
*How was this calculated?*

The NM PED has set annual goals for EL students. These annual goals were developed based
on
the expectation that an EL student attains English language proficiency within five
years of
initial identification. The annual goals take into account the student's grade level and
level of English language proficiency at the time the student is identified as an EL
student.

**Science Proficiency**

*What does this mean?*

The science proficiency rate measures the percent of students whose knowledge in science
is
at the expected level, or higher, for the student's grade.
*How was this calculated?*

Students in grades 4, 7, and 11 are assessed in science. The science proficiency rate is
the
number of students who are at grade level or higher in science divided by the total
number
of students who took the science assessment or 95 percent of enrolled students in the
school, whichever is greater.

**Regular Attendance**

*What does this mean?*

Regular attendance is the percent of students who attended more than 90% of school days.
*How was this calculated?*

Regular attendance measures the percent of students who are enrolled at the school that
attend school on more than 90% of school days.

**About the VISTAS Score and Process**

New Mexico Vistas is a new school portal providing comprehensive information to families for
informed school choices. It celebrates successful schools and identifies those needing
additional support, aligned with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The portal aims to increase
access to equitable educational opportunities and ensure holistic student preparation for
college, career, and life.

**Explore NMVISTAS School Data**

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provide a deeper understanding of students proficiency in subjects and areas of improvement.
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