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.