02/15/2011 01:58 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sen. Vernon Asbill Introduces Bill To Give N.M. Schools Letter Grades Based On Students' Test Scores

Like many states, New Mexico's leaders are pressing forward with education reforms intended to improve the state school system.

This week, Sen. Vernon Asbill introduced a bill that would mandate that schools are given letter grades based on students' test scores, KRQE News reports.

Asbill says the legislation will help the state government allocate resources to the schools that need it most.

Critics oppose the bill's focus on standardized testing, which they say inhibits students from getting a "well-rounded education," according to KRQE.

The conversation mirrors the national debate over the effectiveness of education policies heavily based on testing, like many of those advocated by President Obama's administration.