Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s brutal pandemic lockdown that left countless New Mexico children without education for years did exactly as expected: plunged students’ proficiency levels down the toilet in a state where education already ranks 50th out of all other states.
Test results released by Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico Public Education Department give horribly low marks for New Mexico’s students.
“In the 2021-2022 school year, PED deployed the first assessments of New Mexico’s Balanced Assessment System, which includes both within-year state assessments (e.g., dyslexia screening for all first graders, K-2 monthly progress monitoring for early literacy and math skills, interim mathematics and language arts assessments) and federally required end-of-year summative assessments. These end-of-year assessments measure proficiency in content standards of English/language arts and mathematics in grades three through eight and science in grades five, eight and high school,” wrote PED in a news release.
It noted that “34% of students assessed are proficient in language arts,” “33% of students assessed are proficient in science,” and “25% of students assessed are proficient in mathematics.”
The Albuquerque Journal reports, “About 31% of kindergarten through second-graders were proficient in early literacy, and 33% of fifth-, eighth- and 11th-graders were proficient in science.”
In subgroups of the data, children remained at record lows. The Journal added, “24% of third-graders eligible for free and reduced lunch were proficient in language arts, and about 16% were proficient in math. By the fifth grade, proficiency numbers rose to 28% and 23%, respectively.
State Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences), who sits on the House Education Committee, wrote, “The facts are finally here. MLG’s prolonged shut down of our schools has resulted in the lowest student reading and math proficiency scores in thirty years. In. Thirty. Years. The mental, social and emotional impact remains unmeasured. Low income and majority children have been most harmed.”
“During COVID the republicans introduced bill after bill to limit MLGs runaway power over parents and their children. The majority party would not even give our bills a hearing. Below are a few of the bills I introduced during COVID to help parents get educational help for their children. None of these bills even received a hearing. With New Mexico scoring worst in the nation, all options and solutions to address this massive learning loss must be available.”
The proficiency tests released by PED show that third-graders had 23% proficiency in language arts, while those figures ebbed and flowed for other grades: fourth-graders (35%), fifth-graders (36%), sixth-graders (33%), seventh-graders (35%), and eighth-graders (33%).
Early literacy scores also were horrible, with 31% of kindergarten through second-grade children proficient in reading.
In math, 23% of third-graders were proficient, while those figures continued to ebb and flow for other grades: fourth-graders (24%), fifth-graders (31%), sixth-graders (32%), seventh-graders (25%), and eighth-graders (20%).