Tucumcari’s schools don’t make AYP grade

By Chelle Delaney

The failure of Tucumcari’s Middle School to make a passing grade on its Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, report from the New Mexico Public Education Department has led to a no-pass grade for the Tucumcari schools district.

This is the third year in a row that the district has failed to make a passing grade on its AYP report.

The state’s PED gave the district a rating of “AYP Not Met” and Tucumcari Middle School a designation of “Corrective Action,” or CA, for the school year 2006-2007, based on its designation for 2005-2006 of SI-2, according reports released Tuesday by Education Secretary Veronica Garcia.

The SI-2 designation, or School Improvement II, means that Tucumcari Middle School did not make its AYP for three consecutive years in the same area, supporting documents stated.

Students in middle school are in the sixth through the eighth grades.

The annual AYP reports by states and school districts are mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

According to Tucumcari Middle School’s 2006 AYP School Summary, the school did not meet its goals in reading for Hispanic students and students with disabilities and did not meet its goals in math for students with disabilities.

Similar summary reports for Tucumcari’s elementary school and high school, showed that these two schools met their goals for math and reading and for participation by students.

When a school receives an undesirable rating or designation, the New Mexico School Reform Act and the No Child Left Beyond School Improvement Cycle offers the following remediation for schools with an SI-2 and corrective action designations:

  • Notification of parents at a public hearing of, among other things: the school’s designation and what it means, comparison to other schools, ways for parents to become involved, steps parents can take to get supplement education for their children and explanation of the parents’ option to transfer a child to another school.
  • Implementation of the school improvement plan: Educational Plan for Student Success.
  • Action on one or several measures, including professional development for staff, new curriculum, extension of the school year, replacement of a staff member who does not support the AYP process, decrease management authority at school, restructure internal organization of the school and appointment of outside experts.

Acting School Superintendent Arron McKinney provided a copy of the report, but was not available to comment on the report’s findings.

Hitting the AYP mark will get harder each year
By QCS Staff

Out of the 800 public schools in the state, 46 percent made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and 54 percent did not make AYP in 2006, according to an announcement on Tuesday by New Mexico Public Education Secretary Veronica García.

Last year, 372 schools or 47 percent made AYP and 416 schools or 53 percent did not make AYP based on a total of 788 schools.

“It is important to know that this year’s results are a reflection of the increase in the proficiency targets set by NCLB,” she stated in the announcement. “We recognize and accept the fact that No Child Left Behind is raising the bar and raising expectations every year.”

Goals are increased each year so that by the 2013-2014 school year, all schools will have a 100% of their students proficient in reading and math.

Last year a school had to meet a proficiency rate of 36 percent of all students in all sub groups in reading in a K-6 school to meet AYP. This year that target was raised to 40 percent of all students.

This is the second year that New Mexico administered the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) test in grades 3 through 9 and in grade 11 to meet AYP and NCLB requirements.

Garcia said in her announcement, “We are laying the foundation for increased academic achievement by raising the bar for what are students learn and achieve and by holding our teachers to a higher level of accountability.”
Highlights of the report provided by Garcia, include:

  • 18 schools out of 800 or 2.2 percent did not make AYP solely because of attendance or graduation rates
  • Only one of all 800 schools did not make AYP solely because 95 percent of students in one or more sub groups did not take the test, also known as participation rates
  • 94 of all 800 schools or 11.7 percent did not make AYP because of low academic performance of only one sub group of students
  • 414 of all 800 schools – or 52 percent – did not make AYP because of academic performance in mathematics or reading.

Information for this story provided by the N.M. Public Education Department.