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APS High Schools Continue to Make Gains in State Grading System

Elementary schools held their own, while mid-schools struggled.

July 11, 2013

Six of Albuquerque Public Schools’ 13 comprehensive high schools earned As on the state A-to-F grading system according to results released by the New Mexico Public Education Department today.

“I am very pleased that 11 of 13 high schools improved their grades,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “The teachers, administrators, students, staff and parents of our high school community should all be very proud of the gains they have made over the past year.”

He noted that the district has put into place a number of reforms at the schools in the past few years and those programs are demonstrating that they are working.

“Opportunities like our extended school day and AVID programs are giving more students the chance to achieve academically and graduate,” Brooks said.

Another bright spot in the grades for the district were among alternative, or schools of choice,  where four of the six schools graded went up, one remained the same with an ‘A’ and one went down to a ‘B.’

Among the district’s 89 elementary schools, 20 improved their grades, 46 remained unchanged and 23 went down.

The district’s middle schools continued to struggle as five improved their grades, 14 stayed the same and eight saw their grades go down.

“We will continue to analyze the data and make changes to improve the academic programs at the elementary and mid-school levels,” Brooks said.

He did note that three  middle schools, APS’ Polk Mid-School in the South Valley, Garfield in the North Valley and John Adams on the West Side, are continuing to show consistent progress rising to Cs this year after having started with failing grades in the preliminary grades released in January 2012.

For a complete list of school grades visit the PED website.

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