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NM-ASR 2019-09-05T16:34:35-06:00

The New Mexico Assessment of Science Readiness (NM-ASR) is New Mexico’s new assessment of student proficiency in the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards, which were adopted on July 1, 2018. The NMASR is being field tested April 8-26, 2019, and will replace the Science Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in the 2019-20 school year.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the SBA will be administered to students in grades 4, 7, and 11. In the 2019-20 school year, the NMASR will be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 11. The assessment will include accessibility features and accommodations to provide access to a broad range of diverse student needs in New Mexico.

The PED actively recruits teachers to help review and approve test items that appear on all state exams. To be considered for selection, please complete this survey.

For information about assessment development and administration, contact Xavier De Leon, Assessment Coordinator, at

For information about the assessment’s connection to content standards and instructional practice, contact Shafiq Chaudhary, Science and Math Specialist, at


Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) new

USDE Approval of NM Science Assessment Waiver (April 16, 2019) (PDF)

Redesigned Science Assessment Waiver Request to USED (March 5, 2019) (PDF)

NM STEM Ready! Science Standards: Assessing Student Outcomes Memorandum (Oct. 10, 2018) (PDF)

Page last updated September 5, 2019