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Department of Research and Evaluation

Contact Information:

- Research & Evaluation Manager 

(505) 872-6818

- Research & Evaluation Manager

(505) 872-6803

Main Phone: (505) 872-6870

Fax: (505) 872-6860


The Research and Evaluation (R&E) team supports the APS Title I Department with research andevaluation services for program improvement and compliance with federal and state reporting requirements. The following areas are served by R&E.

Determination of Title I Eligibility for Funding Allocation

  • APS Public and Charter schools
    • APS public and charter schools are eligible to receive Title I funds for schoolwide programs if at least 50% of enrolled students are low income. 
    • Eligibility for the Free and Reduced Meal Program (FRMP) is used as the measure of students’ low-income status.
    • Research and Evaluation obtains and cleans STARS 80 day FRMP data from Food and Nutrition Services reports, and provides it to Title I for use in the PED application and allocation decisions for the following year.
  • Private non-profit schools
    • Students enrolled on the 80th-day who live within an APS Title I school boundary and qualify for services.
  • Institutions for neglected and/or delinquent students
    • Annual Child Count Survey – determines which consecutive 30-day window over a three-month time period (Sept – Nov) provides the most advantageous student count for funding determinations for the following year.

Physical Address:

Alice and Bruce King Education Complex

6400 Uptown Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Suite 400 East

Program Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Monitoring - Private Schools
    • Fall, winter, and spring assessment scores for students living within APS Title I school boundaries and qualifying for academic services
    • Prioritizing of students for service the following year based on an end-of-year nationally normed exam
    • Count of students served by APS Title I teachers for STARS reporting (40th, 80th, 120th day counts)
    • Annual federally required report on the progress of students served by Title I funds
  • Monitoring - Neglected and Delinquent Student Programs
    • Collect 40th, 80th, 120th days, and end-of-year student counts for STARS reporting to the NM Public Education Department
    • Annual and triennial evaluations of neglected sites’ Title I programs and their effectiveness at improving student outcomes.
    • Work collaboratively with neglected and delinquent sites to improve their data collection and capacity for self-evaluation
  • Annual Evaluation Reports(required by federal law)
    • Family Engagement

    Title I mandates that local educational agencies (LEAs) conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of their family engagement policy. The Research and Evaluation Department surveys parents at all Title I schools and reports on the quality of family engagement each school year. The results are presented annually to Title I leadership, which, in turn, delivers the results to the schools.


    • Title I Programs in Private Schools

    The Research and Evaluation Department submits a yearly report on the results of reading assistance offered to private school students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, live within Title I school boundaries, and are prioritized (based on spring reading assessments) or referred by their private school teacher and found to qualify (based on individually administered reading assessments). 

  • 2015-16 Priority Programs for Evaluation (identified by the Title I Executive Director in collaboration with the Director of Research and Evaluation) – to be determined for 2015-16.

Schoolwide Schools

Student-Teacher Accountability Reporting System (STARS)


The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) collects comprehensive student, school, and district information each year to support their internal processes as well as their reporting obligations to the New Mexico State Legislature and to federal funding agencies. These PED data collections called Student-Teacher Accountability Reporting System (STARS) includes Title I program information from New Mexico school districts. Through this system, school districts in New Mexico must submit enrollment information for all students attending schoolwide Title I schools to STARS on four reporting days.

Although the four reporting days are called the 40th day, 80th day, 120th day, and End-of-the-Year (EOY) reports, because different districts start on different days which could lead to a hard-to-resolve conflict between schools or districts claiming a student to be enrolled on their own 40th day, PED has assigned specific dates for the first three of these reports to increase clarity of which district may claim a transferred student. The four (4) reporting days fall in October, December, February, and May, respectively. APS and charter schools will use the same PED-mandated calendar for STARS reporting for three of the four reporting days.  The EOY day will be the same for all APS non-charter schools but will vary for charter schools according to each of their calendars.

All APS schools and APS charter schools which qualify for Title I funds are considered to be “schoolwide” Title I schools which means that all students enrolled in schoolwide Title I schools are eligible to receive Title I services and considered Title I students, regardless of their free or reduced-lunch status.

Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, APS schoolwide Title I student data are extracted from the APS student information system (Synergy) for STARS reporting. Enrollment Information from Synergy is submitted to STARS for all four reporting days.

STARS Calendar for APS

for Title I Reporting

Four STARS Reporting Dates

  • First reporting day (40D, Oct. 12, 2016 – as determined by the New Mexico Public Education Department [PED])
  • Second reporting day (80D, Dec. 1, 2016 – as determined by PED)
  • Third reporting day (120D, Feb. 8, 2017 – as determined by PED)
  • End of Year (EOY, May 25, 2017 - EOY dates vary for charter schools; private schools do not report EOY data)


For STARS questions related to Charter Schools, please contact Dolores Chavez de Daigle, STARS Manager (505-872-6851;




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