NM governor to sign school grading legislation

EDGEWOOD, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez is set to sign into law a major piece of her educational reform agenda.

Approved in the waning hours of the legislative session, the bill allows for grades from A to F to be assigned to New Mexico's public schools based on student performance, including their performance on standardized tests and graduation rates.

Supporters say the grades will provide better information to parents about the quality of local schools.

Opponents have argued that the legislation leaves too many details to the state Public Education Department, such as developing the standards for what constitutes each of the A-to-F grades. An advisory group of school superintendents will have a voice in developing those guidelines.

The ceremonial bill signing is taking place at an Edgewood elementary school on Tuesday afternoon