More policy implications from LFC report on Albuquerque Public Schools

The recent Legislative Finance Committee report on Albuquerque Public Schools has too much useful information for one post. We commented on some of the broader budgetary findings here.  Here is a chart from the report which illustrates the decline in test results thanks to Gov. Lujan Grisham’s policy of keeping students out of classrooms from March 2020 through March 2021. The test is given at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year in order to track student improvement.

While reading scores (on the left) were somewhat impacted by the lost year math scores (on the right) saw major declines

The following is also worth noting. While many parents and certainly the unions tend to push for smaller class sizes as a goal. The LFC report DOES focus attention on ways to improve student outcomes via coaching and increased use of data for instruction in the classroom. See below: