Espanola Schools Test Results Remain Flat

by Staff Reporter / Jul 25, 2017 / comments

Espanola Schools Test Results Remain Flat

ESPANOLA - Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez announced Tuesday that Espanola Public Schools Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) data remained relatively flat for the third year.

The PAARC test is a standardized test created by a consortium of several states, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Education to evaluate individual students and school progress in language arts and mathematics.  It was created during the past seven years as a way to improve standardized tests and give educators and local districts a voice in its creation. However, PAARC, along with most standardized tests remains controversial.

Superintendent Gutierrez indicated in a statement that the district’s data continues to “remain flat” in terms of the number of students proficient in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics with a few pockets of success sprinkled throughout schools in the district.

Schools with increases in ELA scores in 2017 of more than 2% includes: Carlos F. Vigil Middle School with gains in grade 8 of approximately 2.3%; Espanola Valley High School had gains of about 7.5% at grade 10, and gains near 5% in grades 11 and 12. Eutimio Salazar Elementary School experienced a gain of 16.3% in ELA grade 4, as well as a gain of almost 8.5% in grade 5. Overall, the school had a gain of slightly over 4% schoolwide in ELA scores. San Juan Elementary had the most significant gain in grade 6 with ELA scores increasing by about 34.3% over 2016 scores. Tony E. Quintana Elementary School had a 6.2% gain in grade 4 ELA scores over 2016.

The two largest gains in math were at Eutimio Salazar Elementary School with more than a 12% gain in math scores in grade 4; and San Juan Elementary School experienced a 27.7% gain in grade 6 math over last year. Tony E. Quintana Elementary School experienced a 3.4% gain in math at grade 4; while James H. Rodriguez Elementary School had a gain of slightly under 3% in grade 3 math.

Unfortunately, math scores throughout the district decreased, overall, from math performance in 2016, with the exception of the small gains at San Juan Elementary School.

In general, ELA scores in the district are down from 2016. PARCC assessment data statewide remains about the same as last year.