Students get a say in NM’s new A-F grading system
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There was a wrinkle in Monday’s official unveiling of the new, A-through-F grading system for New Mexico’s public schools: What students think about how well their respective schools are doing is a component of a school’s overall grade — and even third-graders get a say.
“There were thousands of students that gave us their input on their teachers, on their educational process,” Gov. Susana Martinez told Capitol Report New Mexico on Monday (July 9) just before the grades were released.
Surveys were handed out to students from as early as the third grade all the way up to the 12th grade in New Mexico public schools to evaluate how well they think the schools are meeting their needs. According to the breakdown on scoring, the classroom survey made up as much as 5 points in the 100-point scale for each school.
PED spokesman Larry Behrens said that, as far as he knows, while other states may use student surveys for input and advice, New Mexico is only state in the country that actually includes student feedback when compiling school grades as an accountability measurement.
Here’s Gov. Martinez on why she thinks student input makes the grade for the school better:
New Mexico joins a growing number of states that are adopting an A-through-F grading program. For example, the legislature in Oklahoma adopted the grading system for its public schools in 2011 and Indiana started issuing letter grades in the 2010-11 academic year.