ALBUQUERQUE — More than half of New Mexico high school students failed to meet college and career readiness benchmarks for reading and writing based on the results of new standardized tests.

And a vast majority of students fell short when it came to proficiency in math.

The results released Friday by the state Public Education Department were no surprise since Education Secretary Hanna Skandera had warned that scores would be lower since the bar was being raised.

This also marked the first time students in New Mexico and 10 other states had taken the assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

The tests, designed to show how well schools helped students meet Common Core standards, have generated strong opposition from teachers and parents.

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Jennifer Bizzarro

Perhaps if Skandera had (1) been qualified for her job and (2) Martinez had given more than lip service to education in New Mexico, our kids would already be seven years ahead of where they are today. Additionally, one or both of them could have listened to the teachers who would have told them how our kids were doing.

I think it was Albert Einstein who said that the difference between ignorance and genius is that genius knows its limits. Then there was the Dirty Harry line, "A man's got to know his limitations." Skandy and Susie, don't believe the press you pay others to write.

Rod Oldehoeft

The Common Core reformed standards are a fine step forward, and the curricula and teaching plans are still under local control. The one defect I see is that these new requirements could be phased in, grade by grade and one step per year. The current state is that high schoolers have been taught in the environment of weaker standards and are now faced with exams that expect them to do better.

But as a result, younger siblings would be better equipped than their older brothers and sisters; maybe that's a bad thing too, why deprive them?

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