PARCC Assessment Information for Teachers

PARCC Assessment Information for Teachers

In 2014-2015, New Mexico students will be assessed on the Common Core State Standards through assessments provided by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  PARCC is a group of 24 states working together to develop and deliver a new assessment system aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  New Mexico is a governing member of PARCC, meaning that we have a say in process of developing the assessments. 

Through the PARCC assessments, New Mexico students will be taking the same proficiency and accountability exams as students in 23 other states.  The PARCC assessments will be taken on-line, and will examine many kinds of student work, not just multiple-choice answers.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has already begun the transition to prepare students for the new PARCC assessments in 2014-2015.  In 2011-2012, for the first time 10th grade students are taking the Standards Based Assessment (SBA), and students must receive a minimum score on the SBA to graduate from high school. By giving students familiarity with the SBA sooner--in 10th grade--administrators and teachers get more data about how students are faring on the graduation requirements, and students have more opportunity to prepare for graduation. 

Beginning in 2012-2013 when the New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) are implemented in grades K-3, students in grade 3 will take a new SBA bridge assessment dually aligned to the NMCCSS and the New Mexico state standards.  Students in grades 4-8, 10 and 11 will continue to be assessed on the New Mexico state standards (the SBA will not change for these grades).

To further prepare students for the PARCC assessments, NMPED is building a second bridge assessment to be delivered in 2013-2014 to all students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11 (replacing the current SBA).   This bridge assessment will be dually aligned to the NMCCSS and the New Mexico state standards.  In 2014-2015, districts will administer the PARCC assessments for all students in grades 3-11.  Meeting college and career ready standards assessed through PARCC will be required for high school graduation.  The New Mexico Alternative Performance Assessment (NMAPA) will also be aligned with the New Mexico Common Core State Standards.

Please see the Assessment FAQs under “Teacher FAQs” for more information about the transition of state assessments.

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