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The Line: Results Of 2018 PARCC Tests Show Slight Improvement Statewide

PARCC Tests

July 20, 2018 – The results of the 2018 PARCC tests show that statewide, New Mexico made some slight improvements in math and language arts proficiency, with some school districts dramatically outperforming others. Still, only 31.1% of New Mexico’s students are proficient in reading skills, and only 21.6% in math. PED Secretary Designate Christopher Ruszkowski says the improvements show “what happens when you stay the course.”  But critics, including many educators, say the low numbers show the fault lies in the standardized test itself and call it a poor way to evaluate students’ knowledge.  Gene Grant and the Line opinion debate whether New Mexico should “stay the course,” or seek alternative forms of measuring student achievement.

 

Line Panelists:

Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB

Dede Feldman, Former NM State Senator

Diane Snyder, former state senator

Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management

Bringing Back STEM Grads

NMiF: Brain Drain

December 15, 2017 – The so-called “brain drain” of talented young professionals from New Mexico is a topic that comes up often in New Mexico. There are many ideas for making sure recent graduates can find jobs and opportunities here. But what about those professionals who have already left but want to return home?

Maggie Werner-Washburne, regents’ professor emerita at UNM, put together an upcoming event to connect STEM professionals with employers and potential investors. The New Mexico Educated Workforce in STEM Symposium is taking place December 20-21 in Albuquerque.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sat down this week with Werner-Washburne, recent UNM graduate and former Albuquerque mayoral candidate Gus Pedrotty, and UNM PhD student Jacqueline DeLora to talk about potential solutions for addressing the brain drain and ensuring students and young professionals know what’s available for them in New Mexico.