Assessment & Accountability

The Assessment department’s mission is to support schools in accurately assessing students’ academic performance to ensure ongoing progress and demonstration of grade level standards and competencies.   We strive to support schools in accurately maintaining student data and records in order to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including students, parents and families, teachers, administrators and the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED).  

As a district, we support student assessment through:

  • Coordinating testing district-wide as required by NMPED.
  • Offering technical assistance to schools, administrators and teachers to disaggregate student test data and plan for meaningful interventions and site-based decision making to positively impact student learning and staff development.
  • Communicating test results to parents and families.

Why do we assess students?

The regular assessment of students’ academic performance is an essential component of the educational process. Data supports and tracks the ongoing progress or lack of progress in attaining grade level standards.  This data serves to inform parents, families, teachers, administrators and district level staff so that supports can be implemented to increase student achievement and inform classroom level instruction.   Further Federal and State Law require all students to participate in mandated assessments.   The following laws are in place which require student participation in state mandated assessment:

One exception to state mandated assessment, is a student with a rare and unique condition that prevents him or her from receiving instruction may receive a medical exemption with PED approval.  

How do we assess students?

Student assessments administered by the Española Public Schools may include classroom level, teacher monitored, formative or summative assessments related directly to classroom level lessons and instruction.  Additionally, teachers will administer short cycle assessments, which target monitoring student growth in real time, in order to inform classroom level instruction and intervention strategies for students who are performing below grade level standards.    

Throughout the school year, students may also be required to take other state mandated summative, or annual assessments dependent on their grade level, or academic needs.  

For a complete guide to student assessment in Espanola Public Schools please access our assessment guide link.

Executive Director:
Myra Martinez
[email protected]

Erica Martinez
[email protected]

Mailing Address:
405 Hunter Street
Española, NM 87532

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