New Mexico Transition Assessment Date Reflects Gains In English Language Arts For Española Public Schools

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New Mexico Transition Assessment Date Reflects Gains In English Language Arts For Española Public Schools

Math scores show no improvement.

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has released spring 2019 New Mexico Transition Assessment (formerly PARCC) results. Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez announced that the Española Public Schools New Mexico Transition Assessment showed forward growth in the district-wide English Language Arts, but Math scores did not show improvement.

The majority (11 of 12) of the district’s schools demonstrated school-wide forward growth in ELA with 21.7 percent of students’ district-wide meeting or exceeding proficiency expectations. Elementary school sites showed the most positive performance in ELA, with 50 percent  (5 of 10) of elementary sites, including Abiquiu Elementary, Dixon Elementary, James H. Rodriguez Elementary, San Juan Elementary, and Velarde Elementary, exceeding the state-wide 3-6 average ELA performance.

Additionally, several schools at various grade levels showed substantially significant ELA gains over last year’s students at the same grade level. Students in fifth grade at Abiquiu Elementary showed a gain of 46.8 percentage points over last year’s fifth grade class. Students in fourth grade at Chimayo Elementary showed a gain of 14.0 percentage points over last year’s fourth grade class; while students in sixth grade at Chimayo Elementary showed a gain of 16.0 percentage points over last year’s sixth grade class. Students in third grade at Dixon Elementary showed a gain of 70.0 percentage points over last year’s third grade class; while students in fourth grade at Dixon Elementary showed a gain of 10.0 percentage points over last year’s fourth grade class; and students in sixth grade at Dixon Elementary showed a gain of 60.0 percentage points over last year’s sixth grade class. Students in third grade at Eutimio Salazar Elementary showed a gain of 14.8 percentage points over last year’s third grade class; while students in sixth grade at Eutimio Salazar Elementary showed a gain of 26.7 percentage points over last year’s sixth grade class. Students in third grade at James Rodriguez Elementary showed a gain of 17.0 percentage points over last year’s third grade class. Students in fifth grade at San Juan Elementary showed a gain of 23.3 percentage points over last year’s fifth grade class; while students in sixth grade at San Juan Elementary showed a gain of 12.4 percentage points over last year’s sixth grade class. Students in third grade at Tony Quintana Elementary showed a gain of 23.5 percentage points over last year’s third grade class. Students in third grade at Velarde Elementary showed a gain of 38.0 percentage points over last year’s third grade class; while students in fourth grade at Velarde Elementary showed a gain of 50.0 percentage points over last year’s fourth grade class.

Unfortunately, math scores district-wide continue to remain flat with 7.1 percent of EPS students meeting or exceeding expectations, a slight decrease from last year (7.7 percent). Even though district scores remained flat, there were a few pockets of success sprinkled throughout the district. For example, several

school sites performed substantially higher than the district average. Rising schools in the area of mathematics include Abiquiu Elementary with 34 percent of students proficient or higher; Dixon Elementary with 49.3 percent  of students proficient or higher; Eutimio Salazar with 14.8 percent of students proficient or higher; and James Rodriguez Elementary with 13.5 percent  of students proficient or higher.

Gutierrez stated the following, “I am pleased with the forward growth of our schools in ELA, and the pockets of schools with forward growth in math; however, I remain concerned about our overall performance in the area of mathematics. We have much more work to do in this area and are focusing more of our professional development in this area in the coming year.”

Gutierrez went on to say, “Attendance remains a concern for the Espanola Public Schools and I cannot emphasize enough the importance of daily attendance at school. The greatest factor in failure at school is poor attendance, and I encourage families and parents to value daily attendance.”

The district is currently analyzing its cohort, subgroup, and individual student data in preparation for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The district is committed to supporting schools in their analysis of the New Mexico Transition Assessment data, along with all other state mandated assessments in order to facilitate student growth and plan responsibly for instruction, supplemental intervention, and professional development to support EPS students and staff.