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RISD’s math PARCC scores higher than state’s average

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The Roswell Independent School District’s math scores are higher than the state’s average, with some progress in reading, according to the latest Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores.

Christopher Ruszkowski, secretary of education, shared this information in a conference call on Friday afternoon. Ruszkowski said the scores are because of the students, teachers and administration — not the Public Education Department (PED).

On July 24, individual student reports will be available. The district summaries and student roster will be accessible at the state’s online portals. All data in this article is from the the PED.

RISD’s score in reading is 29.1 percent proficient, a four percent increase from last year, and the math score is 24.2 percent — a seven percent increase over last year. Statewide, the average is 31 percent in reading and 21.6 percent in math.

Ruszkowski recalled his three to four visits to Roswell and remembered his visit to Mountain View Middle School. He called Mountain View’s math department one of the best in the state.

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With college and career readiness in mind, Ruszkowski said more students are prepared and that success is contagious among school districts.

The PARCC test was first administered in 2015 and since then, the data reflects that statewide 11,000 in math and 13,000 in reading have shown academic growth. In this year alone, 9,000 students have risen to the proficient level and above.

Ruszkowski said Farmington, Gallup, Gadsden, and Hobbs are the leaders in remarkable progress with double digit percentage increases.

Statewide, Native American students are showing the most academic growth. Also showing growth are low-income, Hispanic and English learners.

Ruszkowski said if the 89 districts follow this trajectory over the next three years, New Mexico will become the fastest-growing state in the country academically.

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