State Achievement Testing

Achievement Assessment Changes Coming
Posted on 01/14/2019
Students sitting at computers

On January 3, 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico would no longer be using PARCC. We anticipated this change as most of the original PARCC consortium states are no longer using the exam.

This spring, as the Public Education Department (PED) begins the process of transitioning away from PARCC testing and adopting new ratings and assessments, school districts in New Mexico will administer the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment of Mathematics and English Language Arts in place of PARCC.

We want to assure our parents that this transition assessment, which will be administered during the April 22-May 10 scheduled testing window, is aligned to our curriculum and standards and remains rigorous. It will utilize the same online testing system that students are familiar with and will be 30% shorter.  In addition, it will use the same scale to measure student performance and will allow districts to compare results with previous year’s results.

We look forward to working collaboratively with the PED as they identify a replacement assessment that continues to measure student understanding and improve instruction. 

For further updates and additional information on achievement testing in Rio Rancho Public Schools, watch our assessment information page.