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Gov. Lujan Grisham admin. defends education priorities amid low student test scores

Patrick Hayes
July 29, 2019 06:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The governor’s administration is defending their education plans despite a test showing 32.7% of all New Mexico students are proficient in reading and 20.3% tested proficient in math.

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Tim Hand, a deputy secretary with the Public Education Department, says the tests were taken a few months into Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first term, before any real change could be implemented.

"This will be our first school year coming up, starting the 2019-2020 school year,” Hand said. “We came through with the legislative session, higher pay for teachers, we've got extended learning opportunities for students that need the additional learning time.”

Hand believes the results prove the state needs to change its approach to education.

“I think these numbers reinforce the governor's call for a transformation of the educational system,” Hand said. “It's time to realize that schools need support across the state and for the Public Education Department to reach out to supply that support.”

Hand said there is some good news to come out of the test. He said students spent a lot less time prepping for the new test, and more time learning core subjects.

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