Public Education Department: School Grades For 2018

LAPS News:

The Public Education Department (PED) has released the 2018 grades for schools across New Mexico.

The grading system is primarily based upon PED-defined growth in math and reading standardized test scores.

“Overall, we’re pleased with how our schools are doing. This is a reflection of our quality teaching and strong parental support for student success,” said Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus. “LAPS also is pleased to see that Los Alamos Middle School increased its score by two letter grades: from a D in 2017 to a B in 2018.”

Grades are primarily based on growth, and for LAPS, fluctuation can be seen. Due to LAPS being a high achieving school district, it is mathematically difficult to continually show growth year after year. Even though the PED grading system is controversial, LAPS will use these reports to identify areas that are working well and areas for growth.

Grades for Los Alamos Public Schools:

  • Aspen Elementary School – C, 59.47 points (less than 1 point from receiving a B. 60 points are required for a B.)
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary School – B, 67.04 points
  • Chamisa Elementary School – B, 71.38 points
  • Mountain Elementary School – A, 89.00 points
  • Piñon Elementary School – B, 68.77 points
  • Los Alamos Middle School – B, 66.21 points
  • Topper Freshman Academy – A, 75.15 points
  • Los Alamos High School – A, 78.87 points

Here is how the point system works:

  • 40 points for meeting expected improvement (PED statistical calculation)
  • 10 points for academic progress
  • 20 points for improvement of higher-performing students
  • 20 points for improvement of the lowest-performing students
  • 10 points based upon student and family beliefs that school is a good place to attend and learn

Schools can earn up to 5 bonus points for reducing truancy, promoting extracurricular activities, engaging families and using technology.

As a continuous improvement school district, next steps for Los Alamos will include analyzing the PED growth calculations, and then:

(1) Conducting root cause analyses about student achievement in reading and mathematics.

(2) Reviewing and modifying the school goals for this year.

(3) Providing extra support for teachers and staff in our schools.

This year, all schools in Los Alamos have aligned strategic plans with established goals for student and staff well-being and achievement in reading and mathematics.

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