The report ranked New Mexico’s charter school laws — which establish oversight and authorization rules — as the 12th best in the nation.
But the state’s charter schools ranked 21st out of 26 states in the report’s performance ratings, which were based on test scores, recent charter openings, use of innovative practices, student demographics and other factors. Twenty-four states weren’t included in the ratings because less than 1 percent of their students attended charters or their data wasn’t available.
The performance of New Mexico’s charters should improve in time, the report said.
“Because of the time lag between when these policy changes happen and when they begin to affect student results, we sometimes see states that are ranked high in the law rankings but are not yet achieving consistently strong results in the (performance) rankings,” the report said.
The state began requiring charters put annual benchmarks into the contracts they negotiate with authorizers in 2011, said Doug Wine, executive director for the New Mexico Coalition of Charter Schools. In New Mexico charter schools are authorized by the state or a local school district.