Clovis and Portales schools AYP results

Monday, New Mexico released the latest testing information that showed about 78 percent of students didn't reach state-established improvement goals this year.

The Clovis News Journal reports that three quarters of Clovis Muncipal schools received a failing grade from the state. In Portales, none of the schools met AYP standards.

According to the Portales News Tribune, all seven Portales schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, according to those test results.

Of the district's 16 schools, 12 didn't reach the goal of making "adequate yearly progress," under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Last year, six of the district's 16 schools made AYP.

In Clovis, Ranchvale, Zia, Barry, and Mesa Elementary schools all made AYP, last year and this year. Parkview and Sandia elementary schools missed the mark this year after reaching them the year before. None of the middle schools or high schools in Clovis met AYP.

Schools are evaluated mainly on student performance and participation in math and reading tests administered in grades three through eight, with high school tests administered to junior classes. Other factors in the ratings are graduation rates for high schools and attendance rates for elementary and middle schools.

Under the federal law, states are to increase their performance targets each year until 100 percent of students are proficient on tests by the 2013-2014 school year.

A school will not meet the adequate yearly progress goal if any one of several subgroups of students - black, white, Hispanic, American Indian, "economically disadvantaged" or poor, special education and students with limited English language skills - fail to meet performance or participation targets on tests.

A school has a subgroup if it has 25 or more students taking the test in that category. Every Clovis school that made AYP had three or fewer subgroups. Clovis High School, has never met AYP, and has six measured subgroups.

In Portales, each school in the district missed the mark in reading, and only Brown Early Childhood Center met standards in math. According to the results, all schools had the required graduation or attendance rates.

Portales superintendent Randy Fowler said this year's test format was different than in the past. He said No Child Left Behind had the positive effect of making districts aware of student needs, but it makes schools look like they were failing when they aren't.

Schools that consecutively miss AYP are subject to interventions, classified as School in Need of Improvement (SI-1 for two consecutive years, SI-2 for three consecutive years). Corrective action is required after four consecutive years, and school restructuring is slated for schools that miss AYP for five consecutive years.

All Portales schools have the "Restructuring-2" designation for missing AYP for six years, except for Lindsey Elementary, which has a "Restructuring-1" designation for not meeting standards for the past five years.

In Clovis, Marshall and the freshman academy are slated for SI-2 status. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista and La Casita Elementary are scheduled for corrective action, and restructuring is slated for Clovis High and Cameo and Lockwood elementary schools.

All three schools in Melrose made AYP marks. The same for Grady, which didn't have any subgroups, all of its three schools made AYP.

The news wasn't so good for Texico, where the middle school missed the mark. The reading scores for its economically challenged subgroup kept the middle school from making the score.

Statewide, 644 schools, or 77.9 percent, didn't reach the goals for AYP. That's up from 560 schools, or 68.2 percent, last year.

Public Education Secretary Susanna Murphy, said the goal of making AYP, is not the best yardstick for measuring the success of public schools. And she said parents should look at student achievement trends and the reasons an individual school didn't meet the annual performance objectives.