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MACCS in the “Spotlight”

March 1, 2020 6:33 pm/Published by Jonathan Dooley

MACCS has been designated as a “Spotlight” school on Dashboard, the PED new accountability system. This replaces the school report card and grading system of previous years. Here is the LINK.

According to the New Mexico Vistas Guide, “Schools whose overall accountability score places them in the top 25% of schools in the NM PED Accountability System are awarded the Spotlight Designation. Schools can also earn recognition for excellence in any area measured by the Accountability System. For each accountability measure that the school ranks in the top 10% of schools in the System, the school will be awarded the Designation of Excellence for that measure. Schools can earn both the Spotlight Designation and one or more Designations of Excellence.

“The intention of the NM Vistas Spotlight on Excellence framework is to supplement the Federal ESSA mandates. ESSA requires the NM PED to develop an accountability framework to identify the lowest performing schools in our state. The NM Vistas Spotlight on Excellence framework enables schools in need of support to be identified, but just as importantly, it also recognizes schools that are performing relatively well by awarding either a Spotlight Designation or a Designation of Excellence.”

We are proud that MACCS has been designated a “Spotlight” school based on our growth and data. We ended the years of the School Report Card with a “B” Grade, and now we are in the “Spotlight.” This designation is an affirmation that MACCS is heading in the right direction. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work!

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