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Barranca Mesa Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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Posted April 12, 2009

Great school,dynamic principal.My child was very happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2008

This is the best school in Los Alamos. Many people buy a house just so that their children can attend Barranca. Academically it is top notch. The teachers are excellent. It is not overcrowded like Mountain School and doesn't suffer from children leaving and coming throughout the year (due to drawing students from apartments and rentals) like Aspen. The library is wondeful. The children also attend music, art, and PE classes each week. The school has a terrific computer lab, as well. This school's main drawback is lack of parental involvement. The PTO constantly needs help, but the same parents always 'step up.'
—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 51% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

40 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
95%
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 45% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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 43% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

56 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
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 40% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

67 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities55%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female83%
Male77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities64%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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 Students84%
Female89%
Male81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female89%
Male70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female94%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities60%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities40%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female92%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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 Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
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
White 67% 26%
Hispanic 22% 59%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
Black 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Two or more races 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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57 Loma Del Escolar
Los Alamos, NM 87544
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