ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – At last night’s Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting, board members approved three new goals to improve student outcomes in the district. While the board will await upcoming state assessment data to set their final targets, the new goals promise at least a 10 percentage point increase in both reading and math scores for the district’s most underserved students.
“The APS board has changed a lot over the last two years. The adoption of these goals is an indicator that there is new momentum to deliver what Albuquerque residents have been asking for: improved educational outcomes for our city’s students,” NewMexicoKidsCAN Executive Director Amanda Aragon said. “I am grateful to the board for this work and look forward to holding them and district leadership accountable to delivering improved outcomes for our students.”
The goals, which were approved unanimously with a 6-0 vote are:
Goal 1: The percentage of third-grade students, from student groups named in the Yazzie-Martinez* joint settlement plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above on the state English Language Arts (ELA) summative assessment will increase, from X on May 2023 through X on May 2028.**
**Metric to be determined upon receipt of 2023 results from the state, but shall not be less than a total of 10 point increase over 5 years.
Goal 2: The percentage of eighth-grade students from groups named in the Yazzie-Martinez* joint settlement plus African American students who demonstrate grade level proficiency or above on the state mathematics summative assessment will increase from X on May 2023 to Y on May 2028.**
*Metric to be determined upon receipt of 2023 results from the state, but shall not be less than a total of 10 point increase over 5 years.
Goal 3: The percentage of high school graduates who earn credit in two or more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Credit courses, or earn an industry certification or Bilingual Seal, will increase from X in September 2023 to Y in September 2028.*
*Metric to be determined upon receipt of 2022 graduation data.
Video from the board meeting can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Media availability: NewMexicoKidsCAN has several APS parents and community leaders available to share their perspective on these goals and last night’s meeting.
**Student groups named in the Yazzie Martinez joint settlement are: Native American students, low-income students, English learners and students receiving special education services.