Students’ test scores improve from last year

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Just over half of New Mexico’s fourth graders lack proficiency in reading and a similar portion of eighth graders failed to meet a math proficiency standard, according to 2004 test scores released Thursday by the Public Education Department. The test was administered to fourth and eighth grade students […]

CHS juniors score near state average on new assessment test

Ryan Lengerich Barely half of New Mexico’s high school juniors were proficient in reading and less than half were proficient in math, according to results of a standardized test released Friday by the state Public Education Department. The first-time assessment test, taken by more than 19,000 students in November, will be used to rate public […]

Education problems must be admitted

Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Several weeks ago, my column was about the sorry state of teacher quality and concluded that while teacher ineptitude is neither flattering nor comfortable to confront, confront it we must if we’re to do anything about our sorry state of education. The situation is not pretty. Philadelphia schools are typical of […]

Chandler, Verna

Verna Chandler Services: Have been held. Verna Chandler, 86, of Las Cruces died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at her home. She was born on Jan. 20, 1918, in Seminole, Okla., to Emma and Joe Ginnings. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 1941 with […]

On the shelves: New book at Clovis library

How to Draw New Mexico’s Sights and Symbols by Aileen Weintraub was given by Phil and Barbara Casey in memory of Bill Naggs. This informative and entertaining book combines interesting facts about the Land of Enchantment with step-by-step instructions on drawing the State seal, yucca, roadrunner, capitol building, and much more. Math for All Seasons […]

Education does not come from money

Walter Williams “Excellent schools deliver a clear message to their students: No Excuses. No excuses for failing to do your homework, failing to work hard in general; no excuses for fighting with other students, running in the hallways, dressing inappropriately and so forth.” That’s part of the prescription for ending educational mediocrity discussed in Abigail […]

Melrose teacher ‘humbled, proud’ of teaching award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham said she didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers said she deserved it. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers in the state presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The […]

Math teacher uses art in instruction

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Deborah Watters, a math teacher at Yucca Junior High School, shows examples of how she integrates math and art to teach her students mathematics. By Gary Mitchell A Yucca Junior High School teacher has found a way to liven up mathematics with art — and her students say they enjoy it. Deborah Watters, who received […]