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Posted December 2, 2016

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Superintendent addresses district grade

In her weekly message to employees, Supt. Reedy explains the district grade assigned by the state.

As you may have heard, the state Public Education Department issued grades for New Mexico’s public school districts this week, and for the second year in a row Albuquerque Public Schools was assigned a D.

Things aren’t always as they seem.

APS in fact earned a C for its academic performance this year and last. Our grade was twice downgraded because many of our parents chose not to have their children take the PARCC exam. 

It’s like earning a C on a paper, but getting a D because you wrote in pencil instead of pen as required by the teacher.

Seventeen of our schools (that's more than one in 10) saw a drop in their letter grade because fewer than 95 percent of their students took the state-mandated test. It’s no wonder the district grade dropped as well.  

It’s a bit of a dilemma for us. While we respect the rights of families to make decisions they feel are in the best interest of their children, we also recognize that not taking the test has a direct impact on school – and district – grades.

While we’re relieved to see that our grade for academic performance isn’t a D, we’re not satisfied. We want to do better. We need to do better, and we continue to work to improve the education we provide for all of our students. School and district report cards provide valuable data that give us insight into the work we’re doing. On the other hand, we won’t ignore the strides we make every day in our classrooms and schools that can’t be recorded as data.

That’s the work you do. It’s hard work and it’s appreciated. Thanks and keep it up. The future of our students is at stake.

You can take a look at school district grades by visiting the PED website and clicking on "District Grades 2016."

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