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October 31, 2002
Results Show New Mexico's Students Performing
Close to National Averages on TerraNova
(Albuquerque, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education
(SDE) today released the statewide results of the spring 2002 administration
of the TerraNova, Second Edition, Complete Battery CAT, administered
to approximately 160,000 public school students in Grades 3 to 9.
"The results are good! They show that New Mexico's students
are performing close to the national averages in all content areas,"
said Dr. Mel Morgan, the SDE's assistant superintendent of accountability
and information services.
The TerraNova, Second Edition, Complete Battery CAT, was administered
to rank student achievement in New Mexico to students nationally
in the content areas of reading/language arts, mathematics, science
and social studies. As a result of action by the New Mexico State
Board of Education (SBE) in August 2002, the results from the assessment
were compared to the 1996 norming sample that was used previously
in New Mexico.
New Mexico's median national percentiles for Grades 3 to 9 are
close to the national average in all content areas. Reading is close
to the national average in all grade levels, with mathematics at
Grades 3, 4 and 6 also reflecting this trend. "Overall, the
spring 2002 results show incremental gains over results reported
for spring 2001," Dr. Morgan said.
"There are large differences in the median national percentile
scores reported for ethnic groups," Dr. Morgan said. Scores
for Caucasian and Asian/Pacific Islander students were substantially
higher than the scores reported for all other ethnic groups. American
Indian scores were lower than those for Hispanics and Blacks in
all grades and content areas. In addition, special education students
scored lower than non-special education students across all grades
and English Language Learner (ELL) students had lower scores than
their non-ELL counterparts.
"We are working with tribal and state leaders to seek the
most effective strategies and use of resources to increase the academic
achievement of American Indian students," Dr. Morgan said.
Regarding the accommodation disaggregations by grade and content
area, scores were consistent across all accommodations within content
area and grade. "The extent to which accommodations made the
scores of students more valid or less valid cannot be ascertained
from these data," Dr. Morgan said.
Results Show New Mexico's Students Performing Close to National
Averages on TerraNova
The SDE also released the results of the New Mexico Writing Assessment
Program and New Mexico High School Competency Examination.
The writing assessment is a direct, on-demand assessment given
to students in Grades 5 and 7. For students in Grade 5, the overall
mean for the holistic score was 3.68, while at Grade 7 the mean
holistic score was 3.71. A six is the highest score possible.
Caucasian and Asian American students had the highest score results,
followed by Hispanic and Black students. American Indian average
performance was slightly behind that of Hispanic students. Special
education students performed lower than non-special education students
and ELL students performed lower than non-ELL students.
A release on the results of the high school competency examination
is available on the SDE's web page, located at www.ped.state.nm.us,
under "News Release Archive." The full report on the results
of the TerraNova, writing assessment and high school competency
examination is available by clicking here.