Most area schools meet standards

William Thompson

Tucumcari Public Schools recently met requirements established by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That is good news for Tucumcari Middle School which had previously been on probation for failing to meet the standards.

Tucumcari students took “Criterion Reference” tests last year which guaged their ability to meet the latest federal standards. Tucumcari Middle School students did well according to Sonia Raftery, executive assistant to the Superintendent. “Roberta Segura (Tucumcari Middle School Principal) came in and restructured the school during her first year. We determined what standards the students were not meeting,” said Raftery. “Mrs. Segura met weekly with her teachers. She was really involved with watching the students’ progress. She encouraged teachers to “teach to the standards.”

Segura said she had her work cut out for her when she took over as principal of the middle school.
“It was a big task, but we have a lot of good teachers,” said Segura. “We all worked together as a team.”
Segura set up training for her teachers. “All of our teachers realized we needed to improve,” she said. “We want to continue to improve.” Superintendent William Reents, Phd., said things are looking up for Tucumcari schools.
“We are very pleased that all of our schools met the Adequate Yearly Progress criteria and now we are off and running,” said Reents. “The teachers in the middle school went through a year of extensive work. There were a lot of in-service days and training and it all paid off.” Reents said teachers looked at how each child learns. “We did a lot of training in data research dealing with learning styles to see which models the children were best at using,” he said. “We tried to find each child’s style of learning to help them learn better.”

San Jon and Logan schools also met the No Child Left Behind requirements. House High School did not meet the requirements. House Superintendent of Schools, Art Brokenbek, Phd., said the high school is taking steps to meet the requirements but he did not wish to comment further at this time.