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New Mexico Students Rising to Meet Higher Expectations

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, New Mexico released the 2015-2016 school grades, meaning each public school (traditional and charter) earned an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department. In 2016, the number of A and B schools exceeded the number of D and F schools, signifying progress and enhanced commitment to higher student expectations.  


“With an increased number of A and B schools, it is clear that New Mexico’s students and schools are rising to the challenge of higher expectations. We commend Governor Susana Martinez, Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera and New Mexico’s leaders and teachers for making measurement matter and setting rigorous expectations for students and schools,” said Patricia Levesque, CEO of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). “Everyone is invested in the quality of their local school—from students and parents to local businesses. New Mexico’s comprehensive A-F School Grading System makes it easy to understand how well schools are preparing students for success, whether for the next grade, college or career.”  


Grades are determined by a combination of factors, including student achievement, student growth and achievement gap closure, and can be viewed at the New Mexico Public Education Department website. 


Last week, the New Mexico Public Education Department released the second year of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) results which showed improvements in math and English language arts.  


According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, more than 7,300 more students are on grade level in math this year compared to 2015. In English Language Arts, 5,000 more students are on grade level compared to last year. The results reflect more rigorous assessment achievement levels and true, in-depth knowledge of reading and math. 


Levesque said, “These improvements do not happen in a vacuum. They are happening because New Mexico’s education leaders have raised the bar to ensure their students have demonstrated a thorough understanding of grade-level content and are ready for college-level coursework or the workforce. By placing excellence over complacency, New Mexico is working to brighten the future for all its students.”