Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to annually measure the achievement of not less than 95 percent of all students in each subgroup of students, who are enrolled in public schools. ESSA requires the assessment of all students, including students with disabilities and English learners, in:
- Reading and/or language arts in grades 3-8 and once in high school;
- Mathematics in grades 3-8 and once in high school; and
- Science once in grades 3-5, once in grades 6-9, and once in grades 10-12
During 2020, NMPED implemented a balanced assessment system composed of summative assessments that show whether students across the state are mastering academic standards. In addition to, formative and interim assessments that tell teachers what individual students are struggling with so they can help students master those specific standards.
For more information, please see State and Federal Assessment Requirements FAQ and the Balanced Assessment System Infographic. If there are specific questions related to a particular program or assessment, please contact the appropriate staff member managing the program.
Screener/Progress Monitoring Assessments
ACCESS/Alt-ACCESS | Grades K-12 ACCESS | Grades 1-12 Alt-ACCESS | Summative
The ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) is New Mexico’s assessment of academic English language proficiency. It is administered to current English Learners in grades K-12. The Alternate ACCESS assessment is administered to English Language Learners (ELLs) with significant cognitive disabilities whose special education IEPs designate it as the appropriate English language proficiency assessment. Alt-ACCESS measures overall proficiency in the development of academic English language.
WIDA offers many resources to aid in educators’ placement decisions and instructional planning, including:
- ELD Standards
- WIDA Test Development Process
- Accessibility and Accommodations
- Domain Exemption(s) for English Learners with Impairments For ACCESS/Alt ACCESS Administration (Updated September 10, 2021)
- Understanding Scores & Reports
- Preparing students for ACCESS Testing
- Alternate ACCESS for ELLS
- ACCESS for ELLs Online Checklist
- NM ELL Identification and Placement Guidance 20-21
- Quick Start Guide – ACCESS
- ACCESS Suite of Assessments
- WIDA / NM State Page
- WIDA Secure Log In
- DRC Insight Secure Log In
- NM Language Survey: Identifying Potential ELs
- English Language Development Instructional Framework Guidance Handbook
Educators use ACCESS results, along with other WIDA resources, to make decisions about students’ English academic language and to facilitate their language development.
Students’ scores reflect proficiency levels ranging from Level 1 (Entering) to Level 6 (Reaching).
Test scores can be used:
- For accountability purposes
- As benchmarks against which educators can measure future performance
- As a measure to make reclassification decisions about whether a student can exit English language support services
- To support decisions about placing students into appropriate classes or groups for instruction, instructional planning
- To show the progress students have made
Avant STAMP | Grades K-12 | Summative
Avant STAMP is the statewide Spanish language proficiency assessment for students enrolled in a state-funded bilingual multicultural education program (BMEP). The assessment is administered to students who have not yet reached proficiency in Spanish (Intermediate-High level on STAMP) in-person at school sites.
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) | Grades 3-8, 11 ELA/Math | Grades 5, 8, 11 Science | Formative/Interim/Summative
The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Alternate Assessment System assesses what students with the most significant cognitive disabilities know and can do in DLM subject areas in grades 3-8 and high school. The DLM Alternate Assessment System provides accessibility by design and is guided by the core beliefs that all students are to have access to challenging, grade-level content and that test administrators must adhere to the highest levels of integrity in providing instruction in administering assessments based on this challenging content.
Visit the Dynamic Learning Maps website.
Videos to support educators interpreting and using DLM student reports are at the DLM New Mexico website under the Scoring and Reporting menu.
Interim New Mexico Measures of Student Success & Achievement (i‑MSSA) | Grades 3-8 | Formative/Interim
Interim Measure of Student Success and Achievement (iMSSA) assessments are available for beginning-, middle-, and end-of-year administration windows set by PED in grades 3-8, Reading, Writing & Language Usage, and Math. iMSSA assessments:
- Track and predict student performance and growth toward grade-level proficiency
- Identify students who need additional attention
- Evaluate curricular programs
- Are aligned to New Mexico Content Standards and the NM-MSSA
- Provide immediate reporting for instructional impact
- Contain two 20–35-minute sections in each test; flexible administration in one or two sittings
- Use the same online delivery system as the Cognia Formative Assessments and summative NM-MSSA
- Report an overall score and achievement level and a growth measure demonstrating students’ progress
- Report subscore achievement levels indicating students’ particular strengths and areas for improvement in each subject area
- Provide early insight into progress toward college readiness
Istation Indicators of Student Progress (ISIP) | Grades K-2 | Screener/Progress Monitoring
Using what they call Indicators of Progress (ISIP), Istation is able to assess student development in early reading, math, and English language acquisition. ISIP uses sophisticated, web-delivered computer-adaptive testing (CAT) systems that provide continuous progress monitoring (CPM) by frequently assessing and reporting student ability throughout the academic year. CPM enables teachers to plan individualized instruction, tailored to meet the specific needs of each student.
- Professional Learning
- Accessability Features (Updated September 10, 2021)
- Educator Portal
- Technical Support
- Resources for Districts and Schools
- Formative Assessment Practices for Distance Learning
- How To Prepare For Back-To-School
- District and School Recommendations for ISIP™ Administration in a Remote Environment
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) | Grades 4, 8 Math and/or Reading | Summative
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is an assessment administered to a sample of students in each of the 50 states, as well as the jurisdictions of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Department of Defense schools, in order to determine how much U.S. students know about various subjects. While states have their own unique assessments with different content standards, the same NAEP assessment is administered in every state, providing a common measure of student achievement. The main NAEP measures students in mathematics and reading assessments at grades 4 and 8 and occurs every other year.
- Assessment Frameworks NAEP
- How are schools Sampled for NAEP
- NAEP Educator Resources
- NAEP Item Maps
- NAEP Data Tools
- Request a NAEP Coordinator Visit
- National Indian Education Study
New Mexico Assessment of Science Readiness (NM‑ASR) | Grades 5, 8, 11 | Summative
The New Mexico Assessment of Science Readiness (NM-ASR) measures science proficiency aligned to the New Mexico STEM Ready! Science Standards.
New Mexico Measures of Student Success & Achievement (NM‑MSSA) | Grades 3-8 | Summative
The New Mexico Measures of Student Success and Achievement (NM-MSSA) is the summative assessment in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), and Spanish language arts (SLA) for students in grades 3–8 aligned to the New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) for math and ELA or the Common Core Español Standards for SLA. The assessment measures a student’s grade level proficiency and progress toward college and/or career readiness.
- NM-MSSA_Writing Assessment Resources for Teachers
- NM-MSSA Math Spring 2021 Test Specifications
- NM-MSSA ELA Spring 2021 Test Specifications
- NM-MSSA Math Spring 2021 Test Blueprint
- NM-MSSA ELA Spring 2021 Test Blueprint
- NM-MSSA SLA Spring 2021 Test Blueprint
Statements of Score Interpretations and Uses (SIU)
Additional resources available on Cognia’s NM-MSSA portal.
- NM-MSSA Individual Student Report Family Interpretation Guide (English)
- NM-MSSA Individual Student Report Family Interpretation Guide (Spanish)
- NM-MSSA Individual Student Report Family Interpretation Guide (Navajo)
- NM-MSSA Individual Student Report Family Interpretation Guide Video
- NM-MSSA Individual Student Report Family Interpretation Guide Video (Spanish Transcript)
SAT School Day | Grade 11 | Summative
All 11th grade students in New Mexico public schools will participate in the digital SAT during the school day in spring 2022 as part of our federally required state testing program, except for those students who take the alternate assessment based upon an IEP. Unlike last year, there will be no essay component. The SAT will consist of 3 timed tests: Reading, Writing and Language, and Mathematics. Spring testing will consist of a 5-day primary testing window in April and a makeup testing window at the end of April. For specific dates and details, please refer to the 2021-2022 Assessment Schedule.
Test Coordinator Guides and Manuals
- Using the SAT Suite Question Bank – Math Teacher Modules
- Using the SAT Suite Question Bank – ELA Teacher Modules
- NM Standards Measured by SAT
- SAT Test Specifications
- SAT Suite Alignment to New Mexico Standards 2016 Study
- SAT Suite and Classroom Practice
Spanish Reading Standards Based Assessment (SBA) | Grade 11 | Summative
Starting in spring 2021, the state adopted the NM-MSSA Spanish Language Arts (SLA) assessment for grades 3-8 replacing the Spanish Reading SBA for grades 3-8. As a result, the Spanish Reading SBA is only offered at the high school level as a summative assessment. This test is offered 100% in Spanish.