Three Socorro County schools received improved grades from the New Mexico Public Education Department on Friday.
Midway Elementary School, San Antonio Elementary School and Magdalena Middle School each improved a letter grade.
Three schools, however, remained on the failing list: Magdalena Elementary School, Zimmerly Elementary School and Sarracino Middle School. The Socorro Consolidated Schools Board temporarily closed Zimmerly Elementary last spring because of structural issues.
Socorro Superintendent Ron Hendrix said overall the grades were a little better than expected in his district after looking at the data.
Cottonwood Valley Charter School and Midway Elementary School received the highest grades in the county. Cottonwood maintained its B from a year ago. Midway improved from a C to a B.
Magdalena High School maintained its C. Magdalena Middle School improved from a D to a C, continuing the improvement from an F two years ago. San Antonio improved from a D to a C.
Socorro High School received a D for the fourth straight year. Parkview Elementary School fell from a C to a D. La Promesa Elementary School in the northern part of the county received a D. It is in the Belen Consolidated Schools District
Hendrix said district officials hoped the high school would improve a letter grade since it fell short of a C last year by less than a point.
“I was really hoping the changes made at the high school would have translated in those few extra points they needed for a C,” Hendrix said. “They gained points in one category but lost in the others.”
Magdalena Superintendent Glenn Haven said he was still reviewing the grades for schools in his district.
“All of our schools showed some improvement, even the elementary school,” Haven said.
Socorro Consolidated Schools has made several changes this year in hopes of improving student performance, Hendrix said.
“I’m confident our scores will be markedly different next year,” Hendrix said.
In Catron County, Datil Elementary School received a B. Quemado High School fell from an A to a C.
Reserve High School received a B. Reserve Elementary School received a D.
This is New Mexico’s seventh year of providing school grades. New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski highlighted New Mexico’s State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that has resulted in major changes in the historically struggling schools of New Mexico’s largest school district – Albuquerque Public Schools.
“School grades matter – for our students, for our parents and families, and for our educators. They help us celebrate what’s working for students, replicate and scale best practices, highlight innovation, and intervene in our lowest-performing schools,” Ruszkowski said. “Not only is our largest school district finally beginning to see positive movement, but the rest of the state is holding steady and making gains as the bar goes up. It’s harder to earn an A than ever before and our students and schools are rising to the challenge.”
More detail on school grades will be featured in the Aug. 23 edition of El Defensor Chieftain.
Grades from all state schools can be found here: