Good news for Estancia Valley Classical Academy (and school choice in New Mexico)

Acting Secretary Ruzkowski recently upheld the Hearing Officer’s recommendation and ordered that the EVCA charter be renewed for 5 years rather than the 3 years approved by the Public Education Commission on February 21. This is good news for the school and for continuing and expanding upon quality educational options in New Mexico.

In fact, as you can seen in the chart below, the EVCA’s PARCC test results just came out so the following is a comparison of EVCA’s PARCC results compared side by side with the NM statewide results and the Moriarty Edgewood School District results. (Most EVCA 8th graders took Algebra I last year rather than Math 8, hence too few tests to show a score) It would appear that the non charter schools could learn from the EVCA classical model. Enrollment at the school will be over 500 this year in K-12.

We are thrilled to know that EVCA’s charter has been renewed and strongly believe that the school’s results will merit expansion to other corners of our State.

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4 Replies to “Good news for Estancia Valley Classical Academy (and school choice in New Mexico)”

  1. Also of interest, I’ve recently learned that UNM students must have a bachelors degree in hand before they can take coursework to become “certificated” (what kind of word is that?) to become a teacher.

    Wouldn’t it be amazing, given that the schools presently require certificatedness (ha), to allow students getting a degree in math, science, english, to gain a teaching certificate at the same time? It might, however, put their School of Education out of business; but that’s not such a bad thing.

    We have such a shortage of teachers in NM. Let’s make it easier to teach. Education courses are hardly rigorous. Allow students to get a real degree and teach.

    1. I agree. But aps has a program now that allows bypassing the alt certification program but not many want the beatdown public schools provide

  2. Better yet, how about a fast-track certification system to enable professionals (such as military retirees) to pursue second careers as teachers? I know a retired Army colonel who had to go back to school for a year or two to qualify as a middle-school teacher.

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