Santa Fe, NM: On Thursday August 18, 2016 at 1:45 PM, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released the Spring 2016 results of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
“I am pleased to report that our District made improvements in several key areas. While there is still major work to be done, we congratulate the students for their success,” said Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, interim superintendent of Santa Fe Public Schools.
More 3rd graders in Santa Fe Public Schools met or exceeded expectations on the PARCC English Language Arts assessment in 2016 than the state average with 25.9% of 3rd graders across the District meeting or exceeding expectations compared to the State average of 24.2%. Dr. Garcia stated, “We performed above the State average in this area, yet it is unacceptable that 75% of our 3rd graders are not reading at a proficient level. Our District must continue to focus on Pre-K literacy efforts and partner with the community and the State in order to expand Pre-K programs in Santa Fe Public Schools. This along with a strategic focus on literacy will ensure our students become strong readers.”
This year, SFPS saw a substantial improvement in the number of 3rd graders proficient in math. In 2016, 25.7% of SFPS 3rd graders met or exceeded expectations on the PARCC math assessment. This is an increase from 2015 when 20.9% of SFPS met or exceeded expectations. Dr. Almi Abeyta, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning stated, “It is great to see an improvement in this area. Our District is focused on providing targeted training in math to principals and teachers at each grade level.”
In 2016, Santa Fe Public Schools also saw a considerable increase in the number of students meeting and exceeding expectations in Algebra I with 8.9% of SFPS algebra students meeting or exceeding expectations compared to 5.5 % in 2015. Dr. Garcia further stated, “Algebra I is a gateway to academic success in high school and beyond. Students who are successful in algebra in middle school and early on in high school are more likely to experience academic success later. With that in mind, the District has made a concerted effort to enroll more 8th graders in Algebra I and more 7th graders in Pre-Algebra. Due to these efforts, we are now starting to show improvement on the PARCC Algebra I assessment. We must continue to build on this trend next year.
“District staff members are currently conducting in-depth analyses of the data. Using the newly acquired information, we will identify ways the District can support our educators as they continue to work tirelessly to meet and exceed the community’s expectations for student achievement. We will ensure as a system we are taking a strategic approach to make the necessary data-driven decisions so all students have the opportunity to experience high levels of academic success.
“Santa Fe Public Schools will continue to meet the holistic needs of our students and provide the necessary support to our principals and our teachers and staff in the classroom. We thank and applaud them for their successes, and we will be there to support them as we move forward to meet the challenges ahead,” said Dr. Garcia.
Each school in the District will use the data analysis to create an academic improvement plan with benchmarks that will be monitored throughout the 2016-2017 school year. For more information about the PARCC assessment as well as resources for parents, please visit http://newmexicocommoncore.org/parents or http://www.parcconline.org/resources/parent-resources