The 2017 NAEP scores are in and the news is (once again) not pretty for New Mexico. Arguably the most important single area of student scores is 4th grade reading which, to her credit, Gov. Susana Martinez made a point of emphasis during her time in office. She certainly faced a great deal of resistance throughout her administration and, whether you supported the Gov. or opposed her (or were somewhere in between) for the last eight years, the sad truth is that New Mexico’s 4th grade reading scores on the NAEP remain right where they were prior to Martinez coming into office.
Overall, New Mexico’s 4th grade reading results exceeded those in only one other state: Alaska.
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In the area of mathematics, New Mexico also saw little in the way of results and is locked in 49th (this time in front of Louisiana).
What happened? Who is to blame? It depends on who you ask and what your party allegiance is. At the Rio Grande Foundation we watched the Legislature repeatedly thwart Martinez’s ideas and personnel (like banning social promotion), but we were frustrated that the Governor failed to advocate for school choice more forcefully.