Computer glitch delays AYP results

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers

A glitch in the state’s computer system Wednesday delayed release of Adequate Yearly Progress reports for schools across the state.
Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said flaws in the New Mexico Public Education Department report delayed release of the information.

Seidenwurm said by law the state has until Sunday to provide the AYP report to state school districts.

Education Department spokeswoman Beverly Friedman said data from the Standards Based Assessment test, on which AYP is based, are correct. Retriving the correct data from state computers is the problem.

“The computer is not giving us what we’re asking for,” she said.

Seidenwurm said school districts across the state — including Clovis — detected flaws in the final report when they were received Wednesday morning. She said a preliminary report the school received last week appeared to be correct.

Seidenwurm said the Clovis results included incorrect data relating to the number of students in the Hispanic, English-language learner and special education subgroups.

The report showed schools in Clovis have about 28 Hispanic students enrolled in every grade and only 13 students took the test, she said. But, she said, more than 43 percent of the 8,300 students enrolled in Clovis schools are Hispanic.

She said other districts reported other flaws in their reports.

Grady Municipal Schools Superintendent Joel Shirley said the report for his district appeared consistent with the preliminary report.
“Ours is accurate because ours is very uncomplicated — we have no subgroups,” he said. “But it’s hard to tell with what apparently are massive errors that are being reported even by small schools.”

The No Child Left Behind Act measures schools performance in reading and math skills. The goal of the federal measure is to have all students proficient in math and reading by the 2013-2014 school year.

Schools failing AYP two years in a row have to give parents the option of sending their children to schools that have met the standards, or give one-on-one tutoring with an outside agency, which the school must pay for. The state can take over a school if it fails AYP five years in a row.