According to the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) 2017 school district report card, districtwide reading proficiency during the 2016/17 school year improved by 11 percent while math and science proficiency rates remained flat. The report also showed that districtwide four-year graduation rates improved from 74.5 percent to 80 percent.

Aside from the minor gains in districtwide reading proficiency and four-year graduation rates, figures from the state report showed few changes from the previous year’s report card.

“When I look at the progress of our schools, I look at long-term growth and how our schools are utilizing good teaching and instructional practices,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “It’s important to keep in mind that the grading system is based on one assessment that shows a snapshot of student performance, at one point in time, and not a years’ worth of growth.”

“To really see some of the long-term growth our schools have undergone, I encourage parents to visit their child’s school to see some of the strong and meaningful instruction our teachers are providing,” said Executive Director of Leadership Heather Kingery.

This year, of the 40 schools in the district, 25 schools earned an A, B or C school grade, eight schools improved by one or more letter grades and 17 schools earned the same letter grade from the previous year.

A total of five schools earned A grades for the previous school year, including Arrowhead Park Early College High School, which was recognized earlier this week as one of three New Mexico schools to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon distinction. APECHS

was also the only school in New Mexico to earn the “Exemplary High Performing School” award, according to the US Department of Education.

According to the PED website, the PED issues the report which details achievement, accountability, teacher qualifications, and postsecondary success data. This report is compiled for 89 school districts that include regular and locally authorized charter schools, and all state authorized charter schools. Non-PED schools are exempt from both school grading and school district report cards and include private, home, and Bureau of Indian Education schools.

-LCPS Communications Coordinator, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808