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Lake Arthur, Dexter, Hagerman PARCC scores out

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More information on surrounding area schools’ Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores has been released.

Christopher Ruskowski, state secretary of education, spoke with the Daily Record during a conference call on Friday about the Roswell ISD scores (See the July 15 Daily Record).

Lida Alikhani, public information officer for the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED), shared information on the Lake Arthur, Dexter and Hagerman districts in an emailed statement on Monday.

The statewide proficiency averages are 31 percent in reading and 21.6 percent in math. On July 24, individual student reports will be available. District summaries and student rosters will be accessible at the state’s online portals. All data can be seen on the PED’s website (webnew.ped.state.nm.us) in the PARCC briefing packet.

In looking at smaller schools that have shown the most growth, Ruskowski said Lake Arthur has seen double-digit increases in math and reading within the last year. Lake Arthur’s scores for this year are 18.2 percent proficient in math and 22.7 percent in reading.

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Alikhani said in her statement that with the leadership of Elisa Beguria, Lake Arthur superintendent and participant in the statewide Principals Pursuing Excellence program, the district may implement practices comparable to larger, leading districts, including Roswell and Hobbs.

Ruszkowski said Dexter is showing improvement in math in the past three years. Dexter’s scores show 18.5 percent proficient in math and 24.1 percent in reading. Alikhani said the PED, during their visit to Dexter, was “encouraged by the policies, practices, and procedures that the district has now put in place.”

Hagerman is showing significant process in math since PARCC was implemented in 2015 — and reading scores are also on the rise. Hagerman’s math proficiency score is 21.5 — it was at 9.5 percent in 2015. For reading, the score is 26.4 percent, with steady progress from 21.9 percent in 2015.

With Roswell and the surrounding districts, Ruszkowski said the PED hopes to continue the important conversation on PARCC to help them stay the course and keep improving.

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