ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new report raises questions about whether the New Mexico Public Education Commission is allowing some poor-performing charter schools to continue operations when they are not reaching their targets.
The National Association of Charter School Authorizers’ review, released Friday, ranked PEC “minimally developed” on holding schools accountable for academic performance.
PEC recently renewed six schools’ charters, though none met their charter goals or received an A or B state grade, “the loosely defined ‘standard’ for renewal,” the report states, adding that PEC gave conditional renewals based on promises of improvement.
Legally, charter schools must make “substantial progress,” but PEC has not outlined what that means. As a result, charters face few repercussions for poor performance, according to the report.