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New Mexico Makes Substantial Strides In Engaging Parents About Their Child’s Early Reading

on November 16, 2017 - 7:38am
SANTA FE  More parents and families than ever before are being notified of their students’ early reading progress. Two years ago, only 8 percent of families were notified mid-year when their child was reading below grade level. This past year, that number jumped to 57 percent.
Although more families were informed, only a fraction of them were given the option at the end of the year to provide their children with an additional year of instruction. More than 21,000 students in grades 1-3 were passed on to the next grade despite reading below grade level including 3,000 first graders who fundamentally cannot read.
“We must stop putting our children at an early disadvantage as they pursue the college and career of their choice, and we know early reading is essential to that,” Gov. Martinez  said. “Advancing students who cannot read to the next grade without providing options to their families is not a winning strategy for our kids, schools, and state. When our kids have not yet demonstrated academic mastery early on, it breeds frustration, disappointment, and apathy later on. We must provide a new set of options that allow students to receive additional reading instruction in the early years.”
Over the past seven years, Martinez has invested more funding into targeted reforms for early literacy than ever before. Her efforts are serving thousands more students by dramatically expanding programs like Pre-K, K-3 Plus, and Reads to Lead - all while setting a higher bar for student performance and district and school accountability.
“Although the state is on the rise when it comes to reading, there is still a lot of work to be done. The first step is keeping our parents and families in the loop on where their kids stand. I commend our Superintendents, school leaders, and the team here at the PED for their tireless efforts in getting more parents that information—it’s making a difference for our kids,” Education Secretary- Designate Christopher Ruszkowski said. “Now, it’s time to shatter traditional paradigms and take further action to get our rising readers the additional instruction they need to excel.”
The PED will continue to support students and families as teachers are trained with a focus on data to inform progress and monitoring of students. The PED will also ensure districts/charters are using high-quality, coherent instructional materials and assessments to support teaching and learning across the state.
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