Teachers tune up curriculum

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Portales school teachers are getting ready for the school year by setting up steps for students to ensure a smooth transition to another grade level. On Wednesday and Thursday, teachers with math and language arts backgrounds fine-tuned curriculum for the upcoming school year. Patsy Neely of Re:Learning New Mexico conducted […]

Progress test put pressure on schools

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita fourth graders […]

AYP standards could be more flexible

By Marlena Hartz Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing flexibility) because we […]

Briseno banking on accross-the-board experience in education

By Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Editor’s note: This is the third of five interviews with the finalists for the Portales School Superintendent position: David Briseno is principal at La Casita Elementary in Clovis. He is also the federal programs director for the district, where he oversees more than $3 million in federal grants per […]

Schools work hard to improve AYP marks

By Tony Parra 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 […]

School board looking for ways to improve test scores

By Tony Parra The Portales School officials devoted most of their time in the school board meeting on Monday night to showing how they will improve adequate yearly progress scores for Portales students. “We have in mind what we are going to do to make sure we are not on the AYP list,” Priscilla Maestas, […]