New Mexico – State Information

MEA President: Jennifer Rogers
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Brian Uerling
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/19/2021
Adjourns: 3/20/2021


Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines 2/18/2021
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. G. Andres Romero (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Linda M. Trujillo (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. William P. Soules (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Michael Padilla (D)

Partisan Split House: D      Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 505-986-4751
Senate Secretary Contact 505-986-4714
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Greg Frostad, Title I Bureau: Deputy Director 505-827-3572
Title IV Director Not Found
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds None listed. Appears to be school year based, so likely due in


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

NM Specialty PK-12 with endorsement in performing arts with a concentration: Music Level I (3-5 years)
Level II (9 years)
Level III (9 years)

New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NMTA): Essential Academic Skills I, II, and III Available through December 2020

Switching to Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators by September 2020

Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113)

Praxs: Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K-6; or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12;

No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $44 fingerprinting Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Reentry Guidance

APS Fine Arts Reentry Plan 2020-2021

Schools cannot hold in-person classes until at least Sept. 8, although districts can start the academic year earlier with remote-only instruction. Students will return to buildings under a hybrid model where they will alternate between in-person classes and distance learning.

Title IV Success Stories