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Picacho Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 840 students

 

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Posted July 15, 2011

While some of the teachers communicate very well with home and really push their students others just expect that now that the students are in "Middle School" it is up to the child to know what is expected. Middle School is a hard time, for families and their students. I expected more support from the teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2011

This school has GREAT teachers and good is has a good band which I am in. This school is the best!


Posted August 13, 2009

This school involves a lot of activities that would look great on any kids record and has a good testing plan. But the displine isn't good and the kids get away with a lot which doesn't help there learning experince when no one can concentrate. Other than that its above average school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

254 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

274 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
21%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students37%
Female35%
Male38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities16%
English Language Learner Current5%
English Language Learner Exited34%

Reading

All Students40%
Female44%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities12%
English Language Learner Current0%
English Language Learner Exited49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students34%
Female39%
Male28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities10%
English Language Learner Current7%
English Language Learner Exited35%

Reading

All Students50%
Female53%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities25%
English Language Learner Current13%
English Language Learner Exited51%

Science

All Students34%
Female37%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities15%
English Language Learner Current10%
English Language Learner Exited24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students43%
Female46%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities16%
English Language Learner Current14%
English Language Learner Exited48%

Reading

All Students63%
Female70%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities43%
English Language Learner Current35%
English Language Learner Exited65%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 59%
White 21% 26%
Black 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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1040 North Motel Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: (505) 527-5800

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