Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski released school grades for the 2017-2018 school year showing some significant changes for schools that have historically struggled.
A major highlight comes from Hawthorne Elementary on Albuquerque's southeast side and Los Padillas Elementary in southwest Albuquerque. The schools were two of four that officials had called "chronically failing," and in need of more rigorous intervention.
Both schools earned "C" grades for the 2017-2018 school year, the first time either school has received a "C" or better.
Hawthorne had earned "F" grades for six consecutive years with Los Padillas earning "F" grades for five consecutive years.
Ruszkowski celebrated the school grade system saying it shows progress.
“School grades matter – for our students, for our parents and families, and for our educators. They help us celebrate what’s working for students, replicate and scale best practices, highlight innovation, and intervene in our lowest-performing schools,” said Secretary Ruszkowski. “Not only is our largest school district finally beginning to see positive movement, but the rest of the state is holding steady and making gains as the bar goes up. It’s harder to earn an A than ever before and our students and schools are rising to the challenge.”
The department, of course, also celebrated schools that have consistently earned "A" grades.
Animas High School, Texico High School, Grady High School, Dora Elementary School, Rio Rancho Cyber Academy, and Taos Academy earned six "A" grades in the last seven years.
New Mexico School for The Arts, Wood Gormley Elementary School, Early College Academy, La Cueva High School, East Mountain High School, Sidney Gutierrez Charter School, Los Alamos High School, and Albuquerque Institute of Math & Science all earned "A" grades for the last seven years.
In addition to releasing school grades, the NMPED launched the "New Mexico True Straight-A Express," for the second year in a row. The campaign is a tour that crosses the state to celebrate New Mexico's best-performing schools.
Updated: August 17, 2018 12:25 PM
Created: August 17, 2018 11:45 AM
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