NM test scores lower than 5 years ago

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was five years ago.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring. That’s down 4 percentage points since 2010.

The drop in students on grade level in math has not been as sharp – 1.5 percentage points.

But fewer than half of students were scoring at grade level in math in 2010, when 42.2 percent scored, compared to 40.7 percent this spring.

Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera was encouraged that more students moved up a “proficiency level” on the last tests than those who fell backward.

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