Cannon focuses on fitness

Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As they get ready to meet new Air Force physical fitness standards, Cannon airmen are running and doing push-ups and sit-ups — exercises many haven’t done for years. Unlike the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the Air Force has used a stationary cycle fitness test for the […]

School officials to appeal Valencia’s probationary rating

Gary Mitchell Portales school officials are set to meet with state Department of Education officials on Friday to appeal a recent probationary rating for Valencia Elementary School. The Educational Standards Commission will hold hearings to appeal ratings at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a probationary rating […]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on […]

Two Portales schools placed on probationary status

By Mike Linn Two Portales public schools have been placed on probationary status by the New Mexico State Department of Education — while the remaining six met the state’s accountability standards. The NMSDA placed probationary status labels on both Broad Horizons and Valencia Elementary, which fell from meeting standards last year. Portales Schools Superintendent Jim […]

State alters standards for assessment tests

By Angela Peacock New Mexico State Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation Unit has implemented new standards for non-English speaking students in an effort to meet the principals of President Bush’s 2001 No Child Left Behind law. And in an effort to meet those standards, students are now required to take all standardized assessment tests […]