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New Mexico 
New Mexico
New Mexico Department of Education, 300 Don Gaspar,
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
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Superintendent of Education
Superintendent Michael J. Davis, (505) 827-6688
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Henry Borgrink, (505) 827-6526
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Henry Borgrink, (505) 827-6526

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
287,229 332,632 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
648 732 Public schools
15,175 19,971 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
121,666 121,666 Land area in square miles
2.4 2.7 Public school students per square mile
0.5 0.6 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
1,479 1,711 State population (in thousands)
$2,776 $4,734 State revenue per capita
$2,352 $4,081 State expenditure per capita
$583 $861 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$74,735 $117,950 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 88 100% 89 Total public education agencies
100.0% 88 100.0% 89 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
1.1% 1 1.1% 1 100 or more schools
2.3% 2 3.4% 3 25 to 99 schools
14.8% 13 16.9% 15 10 to 24 schools
27.3% 24 30.3% 27 5 to 9 schools
54.5% 48 48.3% 43 1 to 4 schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 648 100% 732 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
99.2% 643 94.0% 688 Regular schools
0.2% 1 2.3% 17 Special education schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Vocational schools
0.6% 4 3.7% 27 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
54.3% 352 51.9% 380 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
1.4% 9 0.5% 4 PK, K, 1 to 8
10.5% 68 13.7% 100 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
7.6% 49 5.6% 41 7 to 8, 9
5.4% 35 4.1% 30 7, 8 to 12
13.0% 84 13.9% 102 9, 10, 11 to 12
7.1% 46 9.3% 68 Other grades
0.8% 5 0.8% 6 Ungraded
0.0% 0 0.1% 1 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
3,894 Prekindergarten
23,411 24,324 Kindergarten
25,364 26,283 First
23,560 25,132 Second
21,726 24,163 Third
21,293 25,029 Fourth
20,548 23,933 Fifth
19,626 25,474 Sixth
20,290 25,763 Seventh
19,595 26,017 Eighth
21,818 29,906 Ninth
20,032 25,242 Tenth
18,435 21,061 Eleventh
16,946 17,073 Twelfth
14,585 9,338 Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
13.8% Students in special education with IEPs
School membership eligible for free lunch
30.7% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
77.5% 15,701 85.4% 15,402 Regular diploma
    Other diploma
22.5% 4,557 13.6% 2,458 High school equivalency
  1% 177 Other completers
      Dropouts
        Dropouts who were male
        Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
213.8 262.0 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
49.3% 49.5% Students below basic level
50.7% 50.5% Students at or above basic level
12.8% 14.3% Students at or above proficient level
0.8% 1.6% Students at advanced level
141.1 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  50.7% Students below basic level
  49.3% Students at or above basic level
  19.3% Students at or above proficient level
  1.1% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 29,347 100% 40,786 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
51.7% 15,175 49.0% 19,971 Teachers
10.5% 3,070 11.6% 4,723 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.7% 496 1.6% 650 Guidance counselors/directors
2.2% 639 1.4% 589 Librarians/library support
6.9% 2,029 10.1% 4,116 Administrative support
23.4% 6,871 21.8% 8,873 Other support services
        Administrators
2.5% 726 2.1% 871 School-based
1.2% 341 2.4% 992 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
1.1 1.0 Teacher to all other staff ratio
14.2 10.7 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$17,769 $22,840 Average beginning teacher salary
$23,958 $29,715 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.1% 0.4% Public school teachers with no degree
47.2% 53.3% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
46.8% 43.6% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
5.8% 2.7% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$28,053 $47,855 National school lunch
$3,807 $12,137 National school breakfast
$30,206 $62,926 Title I
$11,388 $29,718 Education for the handicapped
$6,945 $12,088 Vocational and adult education
$5,028 $16,955 School improvement
$37,834 $50,118 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$6,328 $4,174 Bilingual education
$4,338 $135 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$1,028,708 $1,829,725 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$3,581 $5,501 Revenue per pupil in membership
$916,305 $1,557,376 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$3,190 $4,682 Current expenditure per pupil in membership


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