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White Sands Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 266 students

 
 

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Posted January 19, 2009

Principal Jacquez knows every student by name. The teachers are exceptional. Mrs. Wallace is the best teacher I've ever known. The office staff is friendly and always knows the answer to whatever question I ask. We love our Sun Chiefs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2005

White Sands is probably one of the best schools in NM. The classes are small (between 14-22 students per class with plenty of educational assistants to help out). The teachers are all top rated and the facilities are in excellent condition. The school is located on a military installation in a small gated and guarded community which makes it much safer than any school in the city. The community is close-knit, caring and very supportive of the school. I wouldn't want my child to attend school anywhere but here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

Poor leadership in this school. Half the time they don't know if they're coming or going. Some teachers have excellent teaching skills, but are prohibited by those who hold higher positions. The school has a tendency to change the way they do things half way through the year.
—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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

61 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
89%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

35 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students56%
Female53%
Male58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students58%
Female77%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White69%
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 Students62%
Female76%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female81%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students70%
Female81%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged62%
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 Students35%
Female38%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students65%
Female69%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged54%
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 44% 26%
Hispanic 38% 59%
Black 12% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
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 31%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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White Sands Missile Range
White Sands, NM 88002
Phone: (505) 527-5800

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