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Quick references and information about computer requirements, technology setup, and test administration


FAQ: New Mexico’s New NM-STEM Ready! Aligned Science Assessment

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) is developing a new statewide science assessment for state and federal accountability purposes. This assessment will be fully operational in the 2019-20 school year.  This FAQ provides introductory information regarding the state’s science assessment programs impacted by the July 1 NM STEM Ready! Science Standards adoption.



New Mexico’s new science assessment will be fully aligned with the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards, the academic content standards that were adopted on July 1, 2018. The state’s previous science assessment, New Mexico Science Standards Based Assessment (SBA), was aligned to science standards adopted in 2003. A new NM STEM Ready! Science assessment is necessary to assess student proficiency against the state’s current expectations for learning.


For the 2018-2019 school year, the SBA will be administered to grades 4, 7, and 11. The field test of the NM STEM-Ready! aligned assessment will take place in Spring 2019.  Existing End-of-Course exams (EoCs) at grades 6 – 12 are being revised to align to the new standards and will be administered at the culmination of the aligned courses.


This test will be administered via computer and to make use of innovative item clusters that will make it possible to measure the three dimensions of the new standards. The assessment will include reports to parents that clearly articulate student performance. Teachers and schools will receive reports that will provide information to guide instruction. Additionally, the assessment will include accessibility features and accommodations to provide access to a broad range of diverse student needs in New Mexico.


The NM STEM Ready! aligned assessment will be administered to students in grades 5, 8, and 11. This is a shift from previous years when the SBA was administered to grades 4, 7, and 11.


In 2019 school grades the SBA assessment will contribute 5% of the total points, in accordance with the state’s ESSA plan.  Beginning in 2019-2020, NM STEM Ready! aligned science assessment data will still contribute 5% of the total points for school grading.


The best way for schools to prepare for the new assessment is to ensure that local curriculum and instruction are aligned with the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards and that students have appropriate learning opportunities to experience the full breadth of the NM STEM-Ready! Science Standards.


In early June 2018, the Instructional Material Bureau convened 45 science teachers from across the state to review and score grades K-12 science instructional materials for alignment with NM STEM-Ready! science standards and other relevant criteria. The scores, rankings, and a complete list of adopted science instructional materials will be made available in early August on the PED Instructional Materials website.

Suggested coursemaps are available for secondary schools on NM PED’s Math & Science Bureau’s webpage.


Updates will be posted to the PED Assessment website and the PED Math & Science Bureau website.  Communication to District Test Coordinators will be announced through PED’s Assessment newsletter, and communication to educators will be sent through the NMPED teacher liaisons.


FAQs Specific to End-of-Course Exams


EOCs will be fully aligned to NM STEM Ready! Science Standards in 2019-20.  For the 2018-19 school year, NM STEM-Ready! Science Standards aligned field test items will appear on EOCs.  These field test items will not be counted towards the student’s score and will not be used for accountability purposes.  All items on the 2018-19 science EOCs will be content correlated to the NM STEM Ready! Science Course Maps.


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:

PED Contacts

For information about assessment development and administration, contact Kimber Sanchez, Assessment Coordinator, at

For information about the assessment’s connection to content standards and instructional practice, contact Marcia Barton, STEM Specialist, at


Page last updated August 1, 2018