Testing Requirements for Graduation

State and Federal Law mandates that all high school students must take Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) two times during their high school career.  PAPA currently administers these tests during the spring semester of their Sophomore (H2) and Junior (H3) year.  Students must earn a passing score as established by NMPED in order to receive a standard diploma.  An additional administration of this test is provided to Seniors (H4) during the fall semester for students who did not previously earn a passing score.

The Alternative Demonstration of Competency (ADC) is available for students who do not earn a passing score during one of the three test administrations.  There are two components for determining ADC.

Component One provides for college and career readiness scores (ACT, SAT) to be used if the score meets the state’s “cut score” guidelines, and assesses the subject area of competency not yet met.

Component Two requires students to pass an End of Course (EOC) exam created by NMPED for any of the following courses in a subject where the student did not earn a passing score on the SBA:  Algebra II, English 11 with writing (or equivalent), US History with NM and US Constitution, Biology and Chemistry

Questions regarding testing requirements for graduation may be addressed to Daphne Benavides, Assistant Principal, dbenavides@paparts.org.

Resources for test-prep:

Dear PAPA families,

Thank you to everyone who came to PARCC Parent Night on January 27, 1015!  It was an informative meeting with excellent discussion on state and federally mandated testing.  We are providing links to online resources that we encourage you to explore with your PAPA student.

PARCC Sample Practice Test Items    http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items/

PARCC Tutorials                                  http://parcc.pearson.com/tutorial/

Keyboarding                http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games/keyboarding_games_typing_adventure1.html


Equation Editor                                   http://www.mathmagic.com/

There has been a great deal of news in the past year about testing: PARCC testing, too much testing, opting out of testing, but not all information is accurate.  While PAPA is promoting a change in statute that would decrease the amount of testing by reversing the requirement for Interim Assessments mandated for 9th/10th grades, it is our belief that standardized testing is important for our students.  It is a useful measure of student skill level, and we all face testing in our professional lives.  Every teacher has to pass exams to earn their teaching license and an IATSE employee who work on sets for the film industry must also pass exams to maintain employment.  In our discussion, a parent brought up an excellent point about the changes she faces regularly in her position due to a new boss, or a new contract, or new regulations.  Additionally, Federal and State laws require all students to participate in state accountability assessments (ESEA; HR1, Title1, Part A, Subpart 1, Section 1111, (b), 3, C http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg2.html and Section 22-2C-4 NMSA 1978 http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/GradDocs/requirements/NMSA%2022-2C-4.pdf) .  These laws do not offer an exemption or right of refusal to test.  Therefore, all PAPA students will be required to take PARCC, as well as other State and Federally mandated exams.

We hope you will encourage your student, and provide opportunities for them to improve their skills through the resources provided.  If you have questions or concerns about implementation of testing, please contact PAPA’s co-Test Coordinator’s, Daphne Benavides, dbenavides@paparts.org or Rebekah Weems, rweems@paparts.org.

Thank you for your support of PAPA!