Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Students Score Below Standard.

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

But Superintendents Question Portion of Test

Bernalillo Public Schools students scored below state proficiency levels in the majority of their tests last year, according to state records.

The state portion of the national standardized Terra Nova test, however, is being questioned by superintendents throughout the state, who say it is not in alignment with what the state requires to be taught in the classroom.

In addition to the Terra Nova exam, the state gives a supplemental test that is customized for New Mexico. It reflects standards set by the state Board of Education. The standards outline what students are expected to know at each grade level in math, science, language arts and social studies.

Students in third through ninth grades take the test each March.

While Bernalillo schools showed significant gains on the Terra Nova test, which is graded against a national ranking, student performance has remained somewhat the same in the state portion of the exam, assistant superintendent Patrick Lopez said Tuesday. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.