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Report shows state lags in literacy

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Education: LAHS students are ahead of the game

By Whitney Jones

More than 60 percent of 12th graders leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills needed for college.

That’s according to a newly released report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The report notes that while the share of jobs in the United States that require postsecondary education has increased from 28 percent to 60 percent in the 1970s, the literacy performance of 17-year-olds has remained the same. A

And in New Mexico, 32 percent of 8th graders lack even partial mastery of grade-level knowledge and skills — that’s more than the 25 percent average nationwide according to 2011 National Assessment of Education Progress scores. And the report shows that only 21 percent of New Mexico 8th grade students are considered proficient, with one percent considered advanced.

According to the state Public Education Department’s 2011 School Grading Report, Los Alamos High School received a “B” or 12.4 out of 15 points for “Career and College Readiness.”

That grades the school on whether student are prepared for what’s after high school and have taken with college entrance exams, dual credit course work and course work leading to vocational training.


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