Fully State Certified Teachers (FSCT)
Figure 22: The percentage of core classes taught by Fully State Certified Teachers (FSCT) in public schools.
How is New Mexico Doing?
In the 2019-20 school year, the overall percentage of classes taught by Fully State Certified Teachers (FSCT) was 91.3%–down 4.4 points from last year.
What does this mean?
Fully state certified teachers have a bachelor’s degree and meet other licensure requirements. Many school districts in New Mexico have 100% FSCT or are very close to 100% FSCT, with the smaller rural districts having greater success at achieving this value. Challenges facing schools with less than 100% are: 1) English Learners who require teachers with bilingual and/or TESOL endorsements; and 2) not enough special education teachers at the secondary level are mandated to meet requirements for an endorsement for each subject area that they teach. This is very difficult because many of these teachers teach all core subjects, meaning that they must be endorsed in all the core areas.