Los Alamos Public Schools Spring Assessment Results Released


The New Mexico Public Education Department recently released student test data from the 2021-2022 school year. Students from around the state took these tests last spring in the subject areas of language arts, math and science. 

This was the first year that the state used the New Mexico Measures for Student Success and Achievement (NM-MSSA). The scores this year will be used to establish baseline data on student achievement across the state. 

Los Alamos students performed significantly better than the state average.

“I am very proud of the work our students and teachers did last year as we returned to normal school routines. We are working with school leaders and teachers to understand the test results, identify areas for growth, and align curriculum to better meet student needs,” commented Asst. Supt. Jennifer Guy.  

Fifty-three percent of LAPS students in grades kindergarten through 2nd were proficient/advanced in early literacy compared to 31% for the state. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 took the NM-MSSA in language arts and math, resulting in 67% proficient/advanced in language arts and 60% proficient/advanced in math. Percentages for the state are 34% and 25%, respectively. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 also took the science assessment (NM-ASR) with results of 64% proficient/advanced for LAPS students compared to the overall 33% state results. 

Families will be receiving individual student reports over the next few weeks. More information about the tests may be found at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/assessment/state-assessments/#_parent. We encourage families to reach out to their students’ teachers for more information about individual performance in school. 

Elementary parent conferences are scheduled for Sept. 28, 29 and 30. This is a good opportunity to ask questions. More information regarding elementary parent/teacher conferences will be sent out soon. Elementary students will not have school on these dates.

Families of middle and high school students are encouraged to email teachers or school principals with questions.