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Gov. Martinez begins campaign to improve state's national education ranking

Colton Shone
September 19, 2018 05:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The students at Cien Aguas International got a visit from Governor Susana Martinez Wednesday.


She was there to tout the new campaign #NAEP2019. She wants to raise awareness about the importance of the National Assessment of Education Progress test for fourth and eighth-graders.

"New Mexico is counting on you. All the state is counting on you," Governor Martinez told the children.

The results of the test determine the state's education ranking. New Mexico is currently ranked 50th in the nation. 

"We are now ready to show the whole country that New Mexico is on the rise," said Christopher Ruszkowski, public education department cabinet secretary.

Ruszkowski believes New Mexico's national ranking should jump because the state increased student standards and he said there has been documented improvement on yearly tests.

"Reading, in particular, we have 13,000 more students on grade level in reading than we did three years ago. So 13,000 students should also now be on grade level for the NAEP as well. That could mean a significant jump in our standing in terms of NAEP," he said.

Three hundred schools across the state have been selected by the NAEP national committee to take part in the hourlong test. Those schools will take the test early next year. The test is administered every other year.

"I believe you. I believe that every single one of you can learn," said Gov. Martinez.

Cien Aguas International School is the first stop on the campaign. Ruszkowski said they're going to make about 50 more stops at schools across the state in the coming weeks.


Colton Shone

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