Grades for New Mexico schools released

Posted at: 07/11/2013 5:16 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New grades for New Mexico schools came out Thursday. It's the second year the state has used the A through F grading system.

The governor and education chief say today, there is good news.

"As we look at the overall statewide results we do really see our high schools delivering more 'A' schools than ever," Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera said.

For the first time ever, there were more A and B schools than D and F schools.

According to the state, 71 percent of high schools improved or maintained their grade from last year. There were no F high schools and only one D.

And even though the state's high schools made positive improvements this year, the state says elementary schools have a lot more work to do.

Gov. Martinez Susana Martinez says the key is to focus on elementary school reading comprehension to make sure students understand the material.

"So if they're not proficient when they leave the third grade at either grade level or better, then all we're doing is making it harder for them," Gov. Martinez said.

And even though there is still a lot of work to do, the state says this year's results show where the state needs to focus their resources to achieve student success.

If you want to see what grade your child's school received, visit the state's education website.