Posted: June 28, 2013

APS Test Scores Exceed State Average in Reading, Math

SBA results show 74.4% of schools made gains in at least one category.

About three-quarters of Albuquerque public schools made gains in reading or math—or both—in the 2013 Standards Based Assessment. APS’ test results exceeded scores for students around New Mexico.

The results show that 52 percent of APS students meet proficiency in reading, compared with 50.6 percent of all New Mexico students. Also, 42.4 percent of APS students meet proficiency in math, while the entire state recorded 42.0 percent. Those figures include APS-authorized charter schools.

Breaking it down by school levels, all 13 comprehensive APS high schools showed gains in at least one category, including 9 that improved in both reading and math. Twenty-four of 27 middle schools gained in one category, with 13 improving in both. Improvements also were seen in 58 elementary schools, including 22 in both categories.

Overall, 99 of 133 schools tested gained in at least one category, 54 of them in both categories. That’s 74.4 percent of all APS schools where testing was held.

Gains were seen in all five schools where special attention has been focused: Rio Grande High, Ernie Pyle and Roosevelt middle schools and Emerson and A. Montoya elementaries. Emerson saw a 7.4 percent gain in reading and 10 percent in math.

The achievement gap between Anglo students and Hispanics narrowed, as well as the gaps with English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.

To read the full report, visit the New Mexico Public Education Department’s website.