Quay County Schools Improve in State Grading

All four public school systems in Quay County showed improvement in New Mexico’s 2013 school grades from 2012 results, according to the New Mexico Public Education Department, which  released its grades for state public schools on Thursday.

Among individual schools, Tucumcari High school made the  county’s only A grade.  House Elementary was the only school to drop a grade from a B to a C.

Converted to grade-point averages (A equals 4 points; B,  3 points; and C, 2 points), Tucumcari and Logan schools scored the biggest gains, each scoring a 3.0 (B) average in 2013, compared with a 2.3 (C) average in 2012.   House schools showed a gain from a 2.3 average in 2012 to a 2.7 average in 2013.  San Jon schools showed a rise from 2.0 in 2012 to 2.3 in 2013.

Here’s how Quay County schools fared in 2013  (2012 in parentheses):

Tucumcari
Elementary: C (C)
Middle: B (B)
High: A (C)

House
Elementary:  C (B)
Junior High: B (C)
High:  B (C)

Logan
Elementary:  B (B)
Middle:  B (C)
High:  B (C)

San Jon
Elementary:  C (C)
Middle:  C (C)
High:  B (C)

 While this is the third year in which New Mexico schools  have been graded by the guidelines of the state’s school accountability system, it the second year in which the state’s system replaced the federal Adequate Yearly Progress system last year.  New Mexico was among 11 states allowed to replace the AYP system with its own in 2012.

Tucumcari Schools Assistant Superintendent Dave Johnson said Tucumcari High School’s A grade was very pleasing, but he was not sure how the school went from A to C to A in three consecutive years.  He said mathematics scores have improved significantly at Tucumcari High over the past five years.   Tucumcari Middle School’s B grade and the elementary school’s grade of C were unchanged from last year.

Johnson said he was pleased to note that there was improvement in the performance of both the highest-performing students and lowest-performing students this year compared to last.

All three of Logan’s schools got B grades. Johnnie Cain, superintendent of Logan Schools, said, “We were hoping for better, but I understand the dynamics of the grading system.”

Logan High improved from a C grade last year.  The elementary and middle schools’ grades were unchanged.

The dyanamics, he said, arise  because there are many different areas that are measured in the school report cards.  In a small district like Logan, one or two students can affect the percentages significantly, Cain added.  He said he was pleased to note learning growth in both high-performing and low-performing students last year.

House Superintendent Lecil Richards and San Jon Superintendent Colin Taylor could not be reached for comment.

 Statewide, over  70 percent of New Mexico schools maintained or improved their school grades, a news release from Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said. High schools showed the greatest improvement.   This is the second official release of school grades since New Mexico instituted the A-F system in 2011.

The 2013 results show that 82 New Mexico schools earned an A grade, while 224 schools achieved a B grade – an increase of 63 schools collectively over the same categories in 2012, the news release said, while  The number of D and F schools decreased from 314 in 2012 to 303 in 2013.

 

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