Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Some Charter Grades Test Below The U.S. Average.(Final)

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

The majority of standardized test scores for Albuquerque's charter schools were below the national average this year.

Of 29 grades tested in 12 charter schools, 16 composite scores were below the national average, 12 were above and one was not reported. The national average is the 50th percentile.

Most of those low scores, however, were at the three new charter schools that target students from high poverty neighborhoods or those who are at risk for dropping out.

"We have a lot of students who have academic deficits," said Los Puentes Charter School principal Greta Roskom said. The scores were "not a surprise to us, and that's the population that we target."

Los Puentes, which had the lowest charter scores, opened this year to students receiving treatment for emotional or behavioral problems and those who have had difficulty in traditional schools. …

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