Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

District Taking Fresh Approach.(Journal North)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Superintendent Gloria Rendon didn't pull any punches last week when she announced the bad news about Santa Fe public school students' performance on statewide standardized tests.

Rendon said preliminary analysis of this year's round of testing has yielded a "brutal fact": Minority students in Santa Fe may be performing at close to national averages, but their test scores are well below those of their Anglo peers attending the same classes.

(The revelation is the result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which requires school districts to sort data from standardized tests by ethnicity, gender and poverty level.)

The discrepancy in test scores is a significant problem in a school district where 68 percent of the student body is Hispanic. …

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