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State school grades available on interactive website

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ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has announced the launch of the state’s first-ever online portal to help parents and families better access their school grades.

NMPED worked with parents and families from across New Mexico to create nmschoolgrades.com — an interactive website with information on how schools are serving students.

“Our parents and families deserve to know how our schools are serving their children, and they have a right to detailed performance information about all schools so they can make the best choice for their children,” Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski said. “School grades matter. They are instrumental in providing transparency and informing the public on how our schools are doing, intervening when necessary, celebrating and spotlighting top-performing schools to learn from — and in providing parents and families with information to guide their choices.”

Families can find information about student performance, student population, attendance, past years’ performance and more, in both English and Spanish. The website also includes animated videos in both English and Spanish that explain how schools are performing compared to neighboring schools.

The site is part of a suite of tools NMPED has developed that includes: the New Mexico Parent Guide, the NMPED Family Cabinet, NMEngaged, and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Individual Student Reports (ISRs) that must be delivered within 30 days to families.

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“This site puts critical information in the hands of those who need it most and provides parents and families information that makes them the navigators of their children’s education,” Amanda Aragon, executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN, said. “We live in a data-rich world, but this data rarely finds its way to the people who need it most.”

The new website will also allow parents and families to access information about how schools are serving English learners, students with disabilities and students who are economically disadvantaged.

“When families visit their school’s report card online, they will be able to find a deeper level of information — that is easy to understand — than ever before,” said Jacki Ball of the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

One of the most unique and groundbreaking aspects is incorporating videos into the reports, so that Spanish speaking parents have access to the report in their native language.

Statewide in New Mexico, 11,000 more students are doing math on grade level and 13,000 more students are reading on grade level since 2015, with Native American students improving their reading results more than any other group of students — by 8.2 percentage points.