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A Clear Vision Emerges

All Albuquerque Public Schools students will attend high-quality schools responsive to their communities.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou. Signed, a Junior.

After months of meetings, forums and discussions with input from hundreds of people from across the district, the Academic Master Plan steering committee had a good grasp of the attributes APS schools would need in order to be high quality and community responsive.

Goals Revised

The goals were revised to better reflect these attributes:

  1. Goal 1: Early Learning (instead of literacy)
  2. Goal 2: College & Career Readiness
  3. Goal 3: Developing the Whole Child

Goal 4 (Pathways to High Quality Schools) is no longer a separate goal, but instead is incorporated throughout the entire Academic Master Plan, especially within Goal 2. 

Performance Framework

Read about the Performance Framework for High Quality Schools.

How will this success be measured? How will schools know if they were headed in the right direction, or if they needed to shift course? And what support will the district provide to schools to help them achieve success?

District and school leaders are addressing those questions by creating a performance framework that includes metrics for measuring success as well as a game plan for providing support when needed.

The performance framework falls into four categories:

  1. School Culture and Climate
  2. Student Growth and Achievement
  3. Student Engagement
  4. Parent and Community Involvement

The performance framework will use a variety of indicators, still being developed, to help measure progress within these categories. Among those indicators:

  • Quality teachers
  • Teacher retention
  • Support structures for teachers and students
  • Supports for whole child development
  • Structures that support relationship development and professional development
  • Student feedback
  • Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
  • Innovative, culturally responsive classrooms
  • Equitable access to curriculum
  • Options in learning including electives and real world experiences
  • Quality of dual language and bilingual education
  • Individual and cohort academic growth
  • Systems for authentic assessments
  • The use of student data
  • Parent perception and communication
  • Staff responsiveness