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The number of New Mexico public schools receiving top school grades remained flat while some schools face closure for constantly getting an “F.”

The Public Education Department today released its annual report card for schools that showed around the same number of schools received grades of “A” and “B” last school year than the previous year.

Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski says the number of schools earning an “F” went down slightly.

He says the findings show many districts have made an effort to adopt reforms that focus on student performance as well as mentoring programs for struggling teachers and principals.

Although grades remain flat, Ruszkowski says the statewide student standards have gotten more rigorous.

Letter grades for the Artesia Public Schools were as follows:

• Roselawn Elementary School: A (up from C in 2017)
• Penasco School: A (same as 2017)
• Hermosa Elementary School: B (same as 2017)
• Yeso Elementary School: B (down from A in 2017)
• Zia Intermediate School: B (up from C in 2017)
• Park Junior High: B (up from C in 2017)
• Artesia High School: C (same as 2017)
• Central Elementary School: C (down from A in 2017)
• Grand Heights Early Childhood Center: C (down from A in 2017)
• Yucca Elementary School: F (down from B in 2017)

Additional information on Artesia’s report cards will be published in Sunday’s edition of the Daily Press.