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February 22, 2005 Extra Credit
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February 22, 2005

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“Aiming At Different Results This Time Around”

The following excerpt is from a recent article in the Portales News-Tribune (NM) highlighting a New Mexico school district that is taking the necessary steps to ensure it meets New Mexico’s adequate yearly progress (AYP) benchmarks this year:

“Portales High School administration members said they are taking the necessary steps to ensure test scores will be higher than the last adequate yearly progress reports which labeled Portales schools as not meeting AYP requirements.

“Portales administrators received the AYP reports in August and Portales schools did not meet AYP. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 means states and schools are required to make annual AYP determinations for districts and schools. The goal is to have all students proficient in reading and math by the year 2014.

“Portales school students will be taking the standard base assessment test from Feb. 28 to March 4, according to Priscilla Maestas, assistant superintendent and director of instruction for Portales Schools. Portales administration officials will receive the results from these tests in August.

“Administrators are aiming at different results this time around. Maestas said an action plan was developed and the information was provided to teachers in September.

“ ‘The best preparation for the standards-based assessment is the outstanding work that our teachers have been doing all year,’ Maestas said. ‘Teaching the New Mexico content standards, benchmarks, and grade-specific performance standards.’ ”

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