Assessment

Assessment Vision & Mission

The Vision of the Assessment Department is to support all schools, administrators and teachers in assessing all students with fidelity.
The Mission of the Assessment Department is to:
  • Ensure all stakeholders know and understand the reasons why we assess students and value the process and results.
  • Ensure all staff understand and are supported in securely assessing all students.
  • Ensure all stakeholders can access data in a timely manner and utilize data to guide instructional practices for all students; effectively planning for individual students’ next steps.

Why Do We Test Students in New Mexico?

Annual summative assessments show whether students across the state are mastering academic standards. Formative and interim assessments given throughout the year, tell teachers what concepts individual students are struggling with so they can help them master those specific standards. Assessing students is required by federal and state law. The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that, at a minimum, all students, including students with disabilities and English learners, be tested in:
  • Reading and math in grades 3–8 and once in high school;
  • Science once in elementary, middle, and high school;
  • English proficiency if the student is an English learner.

What Math and Reading Test will Students Take?

  • In grades 3–8, students will take New Mexico’s Measures of Student Success and Achievement (NM-MSSA).
  • In grade 11, students will take the SAT School Day.
  • Students with the most significant cognitive disabilities will take the Dynamic Learning Maps test instead of NM-MSSA, NM-ASR, and the SAT.
What Other Tests Will Students Be Required to Take?
  • Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will take the New Mexico Assessment of Science Readiness (NM-ASR).
  • English learners will take ACCESS for ELLs to measure English proficiency.
  • English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities will take Alt-ACCESS instead of ACCESS.
  • Students in grades K-6 will take the Istation reading and math test as an interim assessment with built in intervention supports.
  • Student in grades 7-12 will take NWEA MAP in language arts, reading, math and science as an interim assessment.
  • The Early Childhood Observation Tool is a tool used by teachers to see what Kindergarten and pre-K students know and can do.
  • All first-grade students must be screened for dyslexia.

Bianca Valdez
District Test Coordinator (K-6)

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Cassandra Olivas
District Test Coordinator (7-12)

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405 Hunter Street
Española, NM 87532




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