NMPED Releases School Grades

by Staff Reporter / Sep 12, 2017 / comments

NMPED Releases School Grades

Late last month, the New Mexico Public Education Department released the 2017 New Mexico Public School Grades.

Although NM Public Education Dept. Secretary applauded the 2017 results, saying “It’s encouraging that so many of our schools that are embracing reforms are continuing to improve for our students,” the NMPED produced report shows the number of schools across the state earning “A”s and “B”s remained unchanged at 38 percent, but schools earning “F”s last school year actually increased by 20.

School districts and teachers unions have criticized the A-F school grading system, saying that although school evaluations are important, this system adopted in part from Florida by former Education Secretary Hanna Skandera doesn't reflect actual learning occurring at each school. Critics also say that the “A-F” evaluation system is seriously flawed resulting is some schools that score 15% proficiency earning an “A”, while a similar school that scored 60% receiving a “B” or lower grade. Others have criticized it as a gimmick and saying actual evaluations are impossible on such a simplistic letter grade system.

Governor Martinez has responded to these criticisms saying “We need to continue doing everything we can to put our students first so they can receive the high-quality education they deserve and go on to succeed in college, the workforce and life. That includes empowering our parents to see how their local schools are performing compared to others around the state.”

Locally, most regional schools scored in the midrange, with only Los Ninos Kindergarten scoring an “A” grade. Both Espanola and Pojoaque high schools earned “C”s and the lowest grade went to Carinos Charter School.

See below for all local school grades as reported by the State’s Public Education Department, or click HERE to review the results on a year-to-year basis.