Improved results in English Language Arts; decreases in math statewide

Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department released results from the 2018-2019 assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. Statewide, proficiency in ELA increased to 32.7% but decreased to 20.3% in mathematics.

Amanda Aragon, founder and executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN issued the following response to the news:

“In spite of continued uncertainty in our public education system, today’s results reveal plenty to celebrate. Over the past five years, New Mexico’s students have steadily improved statewide in reading, a major priority of state leaders that is paying off. Those who work in schools know that there is no silver bullet to boost student achievement results overnight–instead we should build upon the strong foundation established over the past decade and continue to focus on what matters most–improved student learning.” Aragon said.

She added: “These results emphasize the critical importance of stability and continuity within our education system which allow our 89 districts and 850 schools to focus on improving instruction instead of awaiting the next major change from Santa Fe. Unfortunately, it appears that this uncertainty will continue into another school year.”

Statewide assessment data published by the NMPED is available here.


About NewMexicoKidsCAN: Launched in 2018, NewMexicoKidsCAN is a local non-profit organization that advocates for community-informed, student-centered and research-backed education policies. Connecting policy, instructional practice and politics the organization works to reimagine what is possible in New Mexico’s public education system to ensure New Mexico students become the future community, civic and business leaders New Mexico needs.

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Amanda is the founding executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN and an alumna of the 50CAN Education Advocacy Fellowship. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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