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Goals and Guardrails

This framework centers on the vision and values expressed by the APS community to support what we want our students to know and be able to do.

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The Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has shifted how it governs, prioritizing its work to focus on student outcomes. This Student Outcomes Focused Governance framework centers on the vision and values expressed by the APS community to support what we want our students to know and be able to do.

During dozens of community meetings and countless individual conversations in the fall of 2022, the community's vision and values became clear -- they want schools to focus on literacy, math, post-secondary readiness, and the skills, habits, and mindsets that lead to success. And they expect equity, support, quality instruction, voice, and engagement. The vision and values lead to the adoption in early 2023 of the Albuquerque Public Schools Goals and Guardrails. 

To assure accountability, the Goals and Guardrails are targeted, measurable, and have start and end points and dates.

Interim Goals and Guardrails will be used to monitor progress and make adjustments toward meeting the goals.   

Goals Star APS Goals

Goal 1: Early Literacy

The percentage of third-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above on the state English Language Arts (ELA) summative assessment will increase from 27.3% in May 2023 to 37.3% in May 2028. 

Annual Targets for Goal 1: 

  • 2024: 28.3%
  • 2025: 29.3%
  • 2026: 31.3%
  • 2027: 34.3%
  • 2028: 37.3%
2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 2025/26 2026/27 2027/28
27.3%
Interim Goal 1.1: The percentage of kindergarten students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by Istation will increase from 22.6% in May 2023 to 28.6% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 1.1: 
  • 2024: 23.6%
  • 2025: 25.6%
  • 2026: 28.6%
Interim Goal 1.2: The percentage of first-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by Istation will increase from 17% in May 2023 to 23% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 1.2: 
  • 2024: 18%
  • 2025: 20%
  • 2026: 23%
Interim Goal 1.3: The percentage of second-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by Istation will increase from 18.3% in May 2023 to 24.3% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 1.3:
  • 2024: 19.3%
  • 2025: 21.3%
  • 2026: 24.3%

Goal 2: Math Proficiency

The percentage of eighth-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision and African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above on the state mathematics summative assessment will increase from 11.1% in May 2023 to 21.1% in May 2028. 

Annual Targets for Goal 2: 

  • 2024: 12.1%
  • 2025: 13.1%
  • 2026: 15.1%
  • 2027: 18.1%
  • 2028: 21.1%
2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 2025/26 2026/27 2027/28
11.1%
Interim Goal 2.1: The percentage of sixth-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by i-Ready will increase from 16.6% in May 2023 to 22.6% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 2.1:
  • 2024: 17.6%
  • 2025: 19.6%
  • 2026: 22.6%
Interim Goal 2.2: The percentage of seventh-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by i-Ready will increase from 13% in May 2023 to 19% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 2:
  • 2024: 14%
  • 2025: 16%
  • 2026: 19%
Interim Goal 2.3: The percentage of eighth-grade students identified in the Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above as predicted by i-Ready will increase from 14% in May 2023 to 20% in May 2026.
 
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 2.3:
  • 2024: 15%
  • 2025: 17%
  • 2026: 20%

Goal 3: Post-Secondary Readiness

The percentage of high school graduates who earn credit in two or more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Credit courses, or earn an industry certification or Bilingual Seal, will increase from 39.6% in September 2023 to 49.6% in September 2028.


2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 2025/26 2026/27 2027/28
39.6%

Annual Targets for Goal 3: 

  • 2024: 40.6%
  • 2025: 41.6%
  • 2026: 43.6%
  • 2027: 45.6%
  • 2028: 49.6%
Interim Goal 3.1: The percentage of high school students who drop out of school will decrease from 4.2% in May 2023 to 3.2% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 3.1: 
  • 2024: 3.8%
  • 2025: 3.6%
  • 2026: 3.2%
Interim Goal 3.2: The percentage of high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual credit courses, second-year or higher language courses, or a career pathway concentrator course will increase from 48.3% in May 2023 to 54.3% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 3.2: 
  • 2024: 49.3%
  • 2025: 51.3%
  • 2026: 54.3%
Interim Goal 3.3: The percentage of grade 11 students who earned credit in at least one Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, dual credit, third-year or higher language course, or a career pathway completer course will increase from 58% in May 2023 to 64% in May 2026.
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 3.3:
  • 2024: 59%
  • 2025: 61%
  • 2026: 64%

Goal 4: Skills, Habits, & Mindsets for Life Success

Increase the percentage of students who demonstrate the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success: perseverance, self-regulation, self-efficacy, and social awareness as measured by an evidence-based and aligned tool from: 

  • Perseverance: 51% in 2023* to 61% in 2028
  • Self-Regulation: 65% in 2023 to 75% in 2028
  • Self-Efficacy from 44% in 2023 to 54% in 2028
  • Social Awareness from 58% in 2023 to 68% in 2028

APS first used an evidence-based and aligned tool to measure the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success in the Fall of 2023.

Definitions

  • Perseverance: How well students are able to persevere through setbacks to achieve long-term important goals. 
  • Self-Regulation: How well students manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations. 
  • Self-Efficacy: How much students believe they can succeed in achieving academic outcomes.
  • Social Awareness: How well students consider the perspective of others and empathize with them. 
  Fall 23 Spring 24 2025 2026 2027 2028
Perseverance 

51%

Self-Regulation 65%
Self-Efficacy 44%
Social Awareness 58%  
Annual Targets for Goal 4:
Perseverance Self-Regulation  Self-Efficacy  Social Awareness
2024 51% 65% 44% 58%
2025 53% 67% 46% 60%
2026 55% 69% 48% 62%
2027 57% 71% 50% 64%
2028 61% 75% 54% 68%
Interim Goal 4.1: The percentage of fifth-grade students who demonstrate the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success will increase:  
  • Perseverance: from 54% in 2023 to 60% in 2026
  • Self-Regulation: from 66% in 2023 to 72% in 2026
  • Self-Efficacy: from 51% in 2023 to 57% in 2026
  • Social Awareness: from 63% in 2023 to 69% in 2026
Annual Targets for Interim Goal 4.1 (5th graders):

Perseverance Self-Regulation  Self-Efficacy  Social Awareness
2024 54% 66% 51% 63%
2025 56% 68% 53% 65%
2026 60% 72% 57% 69%
Interim Goal 4.2: The percentage of eighth-grade students who demonstrate the skills, mindsets, and habits most aligned to life success will increase:
  • Perseverance: from 47% in 2023 to 53% in 2026
  • Self-Regulation: from 62% in 2023 to 68% in 2026
  • Self-Efficacy: from 37% in 2023 to 43% in 2026
  • Social Awareness: from 50% in 2023 to 56% in 2026

Annual Targets for Interim Goal 4.2 (8th graders):

Perseverance Self-Regulation  Self-Efficacy  Social Awareness
2024 47% 62% 37% 50%
2025 49% 64% 39% 52%
2026 53% 68% 43% 56%

Interim Goal 4.3: The percentage of tenth-grade students who demonstrate the skills, habits, and mindsets most aligned to life success will increase:

  • Perseverance: from 49% in 2023 to 55% in 2026
  • Self-Regulation: from 67% in 2023 to 73% in 2026
  • Self-Efficacy: from 34% in 2023 to 40% in 2026
  • Social Awareness: from 54% in 2023 to 60% in 2026

Annual Targets for Interim Goal 4.3 (10th graders):

Perseverance Self-Regulation  Self-Efficacy  Social Awareness
2024 49% 67% 34% 54%
2025 51% 69% 36% 56%
2026 55% 73% 40% 60%

Progress on this goal is tracked through the use of a twice-yearly survey given to students in third- through twelfth-grade. This survey measures how students feel at school and how they deal with challenges. Learn more about the Skills, Habits, and Mindsets Student Survey

Guardrails Star APS Guardrails

Guardrail 1: Wraparound Support Systems

The superintendent will not allow the district to operate with inequitable distribution of school and/or community-based wraparound and support systems.

  • Interim Guardrail 1.1: The number of school and/or community-based wraparound support at all schools will maintain or increase from 373.59 funded nurses and counselors in May 2023 to Y in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 1.2: The percentage of students who have access to social and emotional programming will increase from X in May 2023 to 100% in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 1.3: The average daily attendance rate of Yazzie-Martinez decision plus African American students who have been identified as chronically absent by September 30 each school year will increase by 5 percentage points by the end of each school year.

Guardrail 2: Equitable Allocation of Resources 

The superintendent will not allow resources to be allocated inequitably.

  • Interim Guardrail 2.1: The long-term teacher sub-coverage rate at tiered priority schools will increase from 59% in July 2023 to 75% in July 2026. 
  • Interim Guardrail 2.2: The percentage of operational school-based resources will be allocated using a fair-student funding formula from 52% in July 2023 to 70% in July 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 2.3: The percentage of unspent restricted and operational funds will decrease from 30% in July 2023 to 27% in May 2026.

Guardrail 3: High-Quality Curriculum and Instruction

The superintendent will not allow curriculum and instruction that is not district and standards-aligned, challenging, culturally and linguistically responsive, and differentiated to meet the academic needs of all students.

  • Interim Guardrail 3.1: The percentage of classrooms using grade-level, high-quality instructional materials will increase from 30 percent in May 2023 to 70 percent in May 2026. 
  • Interim Guardrail 3.2: The percentage of observed classrooms using grade-level standard student work will increase from 38 percent in August 2023 to 70 percent in May 2026. 
  • Interim Guardrail 3.3: The percentage of classroom teachers rated as "innovating" in their use of differentiation techniques will increase from 40 percent in May 2023 to 70 in May 2026.

Guardrail 4: Family & Community Engagement 

The superintendent will not exclude parent/legal guardian, student, and community voice and engagement in school and district operations.

  • Interim Guardrail 4.1: The number of times district leadership meets with an advisory group to provide information and get feedback on the implementation of the Strategic Plan will increase from twice in SY23 to four times in SY26.
  • Interim Guardrail 4.2: The percentage of parents who report that school staff consider their opinion when making decisions about their child will increase from 77% in May 2023 to 85% in May of 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 4.3: The percentage of families participating in the Quality Education and Family Engagement Survey will increase from 20% in 2023 to 60% in 2026.

Guardrail 5: Staff Voice & Support

The superintendent will not implement programs or procedures in schools without staff voice, high-quality professional development, and essential material and human resources.

  • Interim Guardrail 5.1: The percentage of staff who report receiving adequate professional development for new instructional programs will increase from 0% in May 2023 to 70% in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 5.2: The percentage of staff who report receiving adequate district communication regarding the Strategic Plan will increase from 0% in May 2023 to 70% in May 2026.
  • Interim Guardrail 5.3: The percentage of school Instructional Council staff who report that their opinion was considered regarding site-based decisions will increase from 0% in May 2023 to 70% in May 2026.

Progress Monitoring Reports

All progress monitoring reports are available here: Progress Monitoring Reports 

Monitoring Calendar

Progress reports on the goals and guardrails will be presented each month to the Board of Education. Progress will be measured using the interim goals and the interim guardrails. The board approved a five-year calendar created by the administration showing when progress reports for each goal and guardrail will be presented at public board meetings. 

Monitoring Calendar for 2023-2024

Month Goals  Guardrails  Measures  Community Engagement & Outreach 
July 2023 


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Guardrail 1: Wraparound Support Systems (Practice Monitoring) Interim Guardrails 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Attendance and Supports)
August

 

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Guardrail 3: High-Quality Curriculum and Instruction

Interim Guardrails 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (Grade-Level, High-Quality Instructional Materials)

Emerging Stronger Summit on Goals, Guardrails, and the Strategic Plan

September Goal 3: Post-Secondary Readiness    Interim Goals 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 (High School Course Outcomes and High School Dropout Rates) 
October  Goal 1: Early Literacy

   
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Interim Goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Grade 3 ELA NM-MSSA) (Grades K-2 ELA Istation -- Fall) 2-year Community and Engagement & Outreach is approved by the board 
November  Goal 2: Math Proficiency
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Interim Goals 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (Grade 8 Math NM-MSSA) (6-8 Math i-Ready -- Fall) Two regional town halls on goals, guardrails, and superintendent characteristics 
December  -- -- -- Legislative Open House 
January 2024 Guardrail 4: Voice & Engagement Interim  Interim Guardrails: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Family & Community Engagement) Two regional town halls with superintendent candidates 
February 

Goal 4: Skills, Habits, & Mindsets for Life Success
Goal 1: Early Literacy


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Interim Goals 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Fall Survey Results) 
Interim Goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Grades K-2 ELA Istation -- Winter)

Regional meetings about the budget 
March  Goal 2: Math Proficiency
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Interim Goals 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (6-8 Math i-Ready -- Winter) Board member outreach 
April  Goal 3: Post-Secondary Readiness Guardrail 2: Equity Interim Goals 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 (High School Course Outcomes and High School Dropout Rates); Interim Guardrails 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 (Budget & Resources) Board member outreach 
May  Goal 4: Skills, Habits, & Mindsets for Life Success


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Interim Goals 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 (Spring Survey Results) Community engagement event focused on one goal (summer) 
June  Goal 1: Early Literacy
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Interim Goals 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 (Grades K-2 ELA Istation -- Spring)

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