Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tests Poor Measure Of Charter Schools.(Final)(Editorial)


A majority of Albuquerque charter schools score below the national average on standardized tests. More than half of the aggregate scores at 12 charter schools fell below the 50th percentile.

In fact, five of these alternative public schools posted scores below the 40th percentile -- a ranking that could trigger so-called "probationary" status if test scores don't improve.

Probationary charter schools ultimately could lose their charter and be forced to shut down.

High-stakes standardized testing tends to dominate the public debate over public education today. That's unfortunate for many reasons, but in this particular case, these low scores tell only one part of a very important story. …

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