Board reiews progress statistics

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff

Tucumcari’s third-graders perform above the goals set by New Mexico’s Public Education Department in reading, math and science, according to a report presented at the Tucumcari School Board meeting Tuesday.

However, there is a decline after that, said board member Albert Mitchell.
Mitchell has been analyzing test data supplied by the state’s PED in light of the school district’s failure to meet AYP goals for 2006.

Tucumcari’s third graders can hold their own against other school’s in the nation, Mitchell said.

However, after that students’ performance falls off.

Ideally, Mitchell said students performance would be at 65 percent to 80 percent of the total students performing at or above proficiency levels in reading, math and science.

There is no quick fix to improving student’s skills, but working to improve these efficiencies over time is what is needed, Mitchell said.

Mitchell’s report showed that students in middle school are not dropping below current levels, which he said is promising.

A survey of a “wish list” by students was also presented at the board meeting. Students were asked:

“If the Tucumcari School District were to receive money to fix up the high school which areas do you think would need the most work?”

Most students said they would like to see improvements in their lockers and in the bathrooms.

Comments from students surveyed included:
• “The bathrooms are in terrible shape and we would like real toilet paper and hot water.”
• “The lockers need to be larger so that everything fits.”
• “The lockers need new locks.”
• Students also commented that the school’s HVAC system did not work properly or was too noisy.
• “I am embarrassed for visitors to come to our school,” wrote one student.
In other business before the school board:
• A request for a survey of school facilities by an architect from the school’s newly formed Facilities Steering Committee. Board member Doug Powers, who also serves on the steering committee, said the committee wanted to learn what buildings could and could not be renovated.