How Will My Student Be Assessed?

Classroom and state assessments on the New Mexico Common Core State Standards for your student will continue to take place at about the same times of year and for about the same length of time as they do now, but the kinds of questions that s/he must answer and the forms that their answers take will change.
New Mexico students will take the same proficiency and accountability exams on the Common Core State Standards as students in 23 other states. That's because New Mexico is a member in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of states working together to developing new assessments for students in grades 3-11 that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These next generation assessments will be taken on-line. Also, much more classroom work and class quizzes and exams will involve computers and technology. Teachers will ask your student to do class projects, experiments and other activities that will be considered on the state assessment. Students will be writing out detailed explanations of how they have solved a problem in math, and in English Language Arts students will be writing essays and describing their ideas and reasoning, not just selecting an answer from a multiple choice list.
By 2015, all students will be taking these new forms of tests, which require them to show that they have the ability to read, write, speak, solve problems, and use technology. New Mexico will be teaching the Common Core State Standards to students in grades K-3 beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, and to students in grades 4-12 in 2013-2014. In 2012-2013, the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) will include the current state standards, with the exception of a grade 3 bridge assessment, which will be dually aligned to the CCSS and the New Mexico state standards.  In 2013-2014, there will be a bridge assessment for all tested grades that looks and feels more like the PARCC assessments. In 2014-2015, New Mexico will deliver the PARCC assessment in grades 3-11.

Visit our PARCC Webpage  to learn more about the PARCC assessments.

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  • Andrea Sims

    Has anything concrete been established yet as in Kindergarten means a firm grasp of letter sounds and beginning reading and single digit addition, etc?

    NMPED Response:

    The Common Core State Standards may be downloaded for each grade level on the following website: Additionally, access the "parent resources" section of to view parent brochures describing the expectations for students at each grade level.