New Mexico Student Scores Tank Under PARCC

new-mexico-state-flagThere is one word for the New Mexico’s PARCC scores. Dismal.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

Thousands of New Mexico students will have to retake one of the most divisive standardized tests in order to meet the state’s new scholastic standards, according to performance data released Friday.

Hanna Skandera, the Cabinet secretary for the state Public Education Department, released the first round of PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, data on Friday. More than 3 out of 4 failed the math portion of the test and about half will have to retake it. And about 1 in 4 high school juniors failed to demonstrate they can read and write competently in English and will have to retake the test.

The numbers are starker in Santa Fe. About 65 percent of students failed the Algebra II portion of the test, a math requirement for graduation. At Santa Fe High, 44 percent of students scored in the lowest tier for Algebra II. At Capital, 40 percent scored in the lowest tier of the test, and another 40 percent of students finished in the second-to-last tier.

Since September, Skandera has warned educators, parents and students to lower their expectations for the first round of PARCC scores.

“Our students didn’t get worse,” Skandera said. “Our teachers didn’t get worse. What we know is that we did the right thing. We should be applauding the state’s decision to raise standards.”

Oh yes, of course they “raised the standards.”  No, it couldn’t be that the standards themselves are bad and the assessment isn’t valid.  Generally when you see that many students fail the problem isn’t with the students, but the test.

One thought on “New Mexico Student Scores Tank Under PARCC

  1. New Mexico has been struggling for years. This year NM’s high school graduation rate is the worst in the nation. Common Core was proposed as a solution to this problem. As readers can see, it is not working. Now the next solution to education is technology. NM plans to go with an all digital education by 2018 and has joined the Education Superhighway, a nonprofit out of San Francisco started with money from Bill Gates Foundation and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Let’s hope New Mexico wakes up before more students and teachers have to suffer.

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