On Monday, the state rolled out its first 2012 grades for more than 800 of New Mexico’s elementary, middle and high schools, providing the Roswell Independent School District with a base of how to structure next year’s curriculum. New Mexico Military Institute and Parkview Early Literacy Center each received a question mark, meaning the two are viewed by the Public Education Department as private institutions and thus not evaluated by the department.
Of the 22 schools in the Roswell Independent School District, two received A’s, four received B’s, five received C’s, eight received D’s and one failed.
Previously the state assessed schools largely based upon annual student test scores. Now other indicators including past test scores, academic growth, graduation rates, attendance and college and career preparedness are part of the evaluation process.
Susan Sanchez, interim superintendent, said “The RISD had 55 percent of its schools proficient in reading and math in grades three through eight and 11. However, there were three non-proficient schools that we missed it by two to three points, that received a C. RISD plans to address the academic needs to support the student achievement in providing professional development for our teachers, allocating additional funds to support reading and math interventions.” Sanchez added that the RISD has applied for a New Mexico Reads to Lead Grant, which would enable the district to provide further support in its kindergarten through third-grade literacy classrooms.
Schools that scored a D overall are referred to as focus schools. For those eight schools, RISD must include four of the seven turnaround principles set forth by the PED to include strengthening the school’s instructional program and using data to inform instruction for continuous improvement. Sunset Elementary was the only school to fail. The district is required to implement all seven of the turnaround principles to implement proven strategies that are research based. In both cases, RISD must focus on those students who are in the bottom quartile of their school’s performance. Additionally, school budgets will be reviewed in spring 2013.
Sanchez said each school has its own intervention programs in place that are there to assist students who are under-performing or struggling academically.
In reviewing some of the data, Sanchez said high school graduation rates seem to be increasing. Goddard High’s four-year graduation rate is 78.8 percent; Roswell High’s, 72.4 percent; and University High’s, 40.1 percent.
“We are very pleased with that. We still have a lot of work to go, but I think we’re making great progress in our district in meeting those state standards,” Sanchez said.
A full analysis of the data will be available Aug. 9, when school principals will attend a data presentation at GHS. Sanchez said the RISD will align its curriculum with the data results.
“We know that we fell short in reading and math, but we don’t know right now exactly what those specific areas are. In the next couple of weeks, as we get the data, we will be able to identify them and then we’ll work with the principals and their school leadership teams and their staffs as we prepare their educational plans for student success for 2012-2013. Once we identify those deficit skill areas we will then utilize those allocated resources, those additional resources, to pinpoint what area in reading and math we need to focus on.”
Thursday’s edition of the Daily Record included a full list of the grades each RISD school received. A complete breakdown of every school grade can be found on the NMPED website at: http://webapp2.ped.state.nm.us/SchoolData/SchoolGrading.aspx.