Updated: 07/24/2014 11:10 AM |
Created: 07/24/2014 11:05 AM
By: KOB.com Web Staff
The state Public Education Department on Thursday released the 2014 grades for New Mexico's public schools.
According to a news release, 88 schools (10.4%) received an "A" grade, the most since the grading system launched in 2012. Also, 244 schools (28.9%) received a B, 188 schools (22.3%) received a C, 230 schools (27.3%) received a D and 93 schools (11.0%) received an F.
School grade report cards for each school in New Mexico are available online on the Public Education Department website.
The number of A and B schools, 332, exceeded the number of D and F schools by nine schools. The news release also notes that no New Mexico high school received an F grade, and nearly 3 out of 4 schools in New Mexico either maintained or improved their school grade between 2013 and 2014.
The greatest level of progress was seen in elementary and middle schools, which collectively saw a 55 percent increase in the number of A and B schools, including an additional 22 A schools--which is up from 8 to 30--and an additional 53 B schools--up from 129 to 182.
Districts showing "noteworthy growth" or achievement include:
Since school grades were first calculated in 2012, there have been 95 schools that improved more than two letter grades and 120 schools have been graded an A or B in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Lists of those schools can be found here.
"School grades are an important tool that education leaders, community leaders, and parents can use to identify where students are struggling and intervene in a targeted way to help them," Martinez said in a statement. "Last year, we saw record increases and growth at the high school level – spurred by improvement in reading and graduation rates, and this year, I'm encouraged to see elementary schools showing progress, based largely on growth among our struggling students."
A key component of a school's grade is the amount of growth students experience in reading and math, with the improvement of low-performing students being given triple weight in comparison to their peers.