NDI New Mexico Students
In standardized assessments in writing, math, science, and reading, NDI New Mexico Advanced Training students outperformed their peers by 6%-17%.
In late 2020, NDI New Mexico announced the findings of an academic evaluation report conducted with The University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center and designed to understand the relationship between children’s participation in NDI New Mexico’s Advanced Training programs and school-related outcomes, including school attendance, academic performance, and disciplinary behavior. The results, which reflected the 2015-2019 academic years, were impressive:
Students who participated in NDI New Mexico’s Advanced Training programs were more likely to be proficient in writing, math, science, and reading standardized testing compared to children who did not participate.
Even after accounting for demographic factors such as grade level, gender, and participation in the free and reduced lunch program, NDI New Mexico’s Advanced Training participants had 1.5-2.5 times higher odds of being proficient on standardized tests in those subjects.
Students involved in the Advanced Training program were also less likely to be chronically absent from school compared to students who did not participate.
After adjusting for demographic factors, students participating in Advanced Training programs had about 1.5-2 times the odds of having 10 or fewer absences during an academic year.
NDI New Mexico Advanced Training students had 10 or fewer absences during an academic year compared to 15-20 absences by their peers.
“NDI New Mexico provides a framework for linking health, education and the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.”
– Dr. John Moore, New Mexico Public Education Department