The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released the school grading report cards this afternoon, and Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) received encouraging news about the direction of the district. More than half of its schools improved at least one letter grade, while others continue toward significant progress not yet reflected on grade changes.

More than half of CCSD schools show improvementOjo Amarillo, Newcomb Elementary, Kirtland Middle, Tsé Bit A'í Middle, and Newcomb High increased by one letter grade, while Mesa Elementary and Shiprock High increased by two letter grades. The biggest improvement was with Nizhoni Elementary School, improving by three letter grades from an F to a B.

“The report cards are not just good news for CCSD, they show we are moving in the right direction. I’m not surprised by the report cards, we have dedicated and talented staff working hard for our students,” said Interim Superintendent, Terrian Benn. 

“We celebrate these results with all of our students’ families, and the community, the support they provide for their children is reflected in this achievement,” she added.

The report cards provide a summary of how students are performing on grade levels, school academic progress, improvement of lower-performing and higher-performing students, graduation rates, and student participation in college and career readiness opportunities.

Nizhoni Elementary School Principal Dr. J. Kaibah Begay was ecstatic with the news.

“I’m very, very happy. We’ve made changes that address student needs”, said Begay, adding that the growth is the result of initiating changes needed to support student learning.

Shiprock High School Principal John Tohtsoni credits the students and the school staff for the improvement, and the impact of monitoring student growth through evaluations and analyzing those results.

“We are building a culture of learning at Shiprock High. We are really happy with the news, but we’ll continue to work towards being an excellent school,” said Tohtsoni.

Graduation rates for Central Consolidated School District improved from 63% in 2016 to 68% in 2017.

A full list of school grading report cards will be posted on our website, ccsdnm.org.