SANTA FE (KSMX)- Less than a third of all New Mexico students are proficient in reading and only about one-fifth are proficient in math, according to results released Friday.
According to the Associated Press, the results from a revamped test in 2019 show that public school districts and charter schools saw a small jump in reading from the year before but a slight drop in math — though the scores are from separate exams.
According to the results, only 32.7% of all New Mexico students tested proficient or better in reading. Meanwhile, just 20.3% tested proficient or better in math.
“Last year, results from the test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, show that around 31 percent of students tested were proficient or better in reading and more than 21 percent were proficient or better in math.
“These (2019) results reinforce the governor’s call for a transformation of the education system in New Mexico,” the state Public Education Department said in a statement.
Yet they come just days after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham abruptly fired Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo, sparking questions from lawmakers and confusion among educators.
Lujan Grisham said in a statement Trujillo was removed from her job after the governor’s expectations were not met in many areas.”