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New Mexico slips in education ranking; LAPS seeks role model status

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By Associated Press

New Mexico recently received a Quality Counts ranking of 32nd in the nation and received an overall grade of C in Education Week magazine’s annual education report card, “Uncertain Forecast.”
 Overall, the Quality Counts report gave New Mexico a C, 75.7 points out of 100.
Last year, New Mexico received 76.4 points and was ranked 24th. In 2009, New Mexico received a C+ and was ranked 22nd with a score of 76.9.
Though New Mexico received a low ranking, at least one school district in the state has ranked high by national standards. Los Alamos Public Schools received a silver medal ranking from USNews.com. Schools that receive a silver medal ranking have a college readiness index of at least 20 percent, but are not ranked in the top 100 nationally, according to usnews.com.
LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the state has dropped significantly from 24th to 32nd in a year. He said there’s some concern about whether educators are focusing on the right kinds of things as a state. He questioned whether it was the right decision to continue cutting public education.


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