Educators focusing on individual student success

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School seventh graders, from left, Teresa Navarrette, Tommy Sena, Ajaycia Brown and Alexus Lucero take time to read Friday in the school’s reading recovery program called Read 180.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

For principals across the Clovis district, continued student improvement is the goal.

Last year, nine of 15 Clovis schools tested were among 69 percent of New Mexico schools failing to reach state-mandated test standards for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress report.

Clovis school officials have said larger schools such as Clovis are more unlikely to reach AYP standards because the student population allows for more subgroups.

Subgroups include categories established by the state based on ethnicity, socio-economic standards and learning ability.

At Clovis High, students failed the standards in seven of 29 subgroups last year.

Principals and teachers district-wide aren’t focusing on those numbers, however. They say they are looking at each student individually.