2020-2021 Assessment Updates

2020-2021 Assessment Updates

Assessment Cancelation Notification: February 16, 2021

Education leaders and teachers have gone to unprecedented lengths to provide continuous instruction through varied combinations of in-person, virtual, and hybrid learning modes. In this fluid and transient environment, the regular challenges of assessing what and how students are learning have become even more complicated. The Public Education Department (PED) believes that the statewide large-scale assessment provides valuable information for understanding what students have learned since the COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions to regular schooling, but recognizes the challenges that schools and districts are facing.

Currently, PED is submitting an addendum to the U.S. Department of Education that would waive most federal school accountability requirements. Given the priority of ensuring student, staff, and community safety, PED recognizes that certain circumstances may inhibit the school’s ability to test. No family should be required to have a student participate in state testing in light of health concerns or perceived risks.

Further, remote delivery of state-mandated testing is neither a proven nor viable option. Considerations such as item exposure, proctoring, and student privacy issues present challenges. The inability to have standardized test administration protocols greatly impact testing validity and reliability. Therefore, Española Public School, along with many other schools throughout the state of New Mexico will not administer traditional spring assessments due to ongoing COVID-19 circumstances and ongoing remote learning.

Please see the complete Assessment Cancelation Notification memo below:

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