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State Assessments

State Assessments 2021-09-21T09:42:57-06:00

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.


Interim/Formative Assessments

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Interim New Mexico Measures of Student Success & Achievement (i‑MSSA)

Formative Item Sets Fact Sheet

Screener/Progress Monitoring Assessments

Istation Indicators of Student Progress (ISIP)


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.

Alternate ACCESS Fact Sheet

ACCESS for ELLs Fact Sheet




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


Student Resources

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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.


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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.

DLM Fact Sheet



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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

iMSSA Fact Sheet



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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.

New Mexico and Istation

Istation Fact Sheet



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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.


NAEP 2022 Short-Term Job Opportunity

NAEP 2022 Facts for Districts

NAEP 2022 in Your School Math and Reading

NAEP 2022 in Your School Civics and U.S. History

NAEP 2022 in Your School Long-Term Trend

NAEP School Coordinator Responsibilities

NAEP School Coordinator Responsibilities Long-Term Trend

Archived Resources

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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.

NM-ASR Fact Sheet



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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 Fact Sheet



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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.

SAT School Day Fact Sheet



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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.

Spanish Reading SBA Fact Sheet



SBA resources are available on the Cognia website.

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For resources regarding the Dyslexia Screener, please visit the Literacy and Humanities Bureau’s Page.


For resources regarding the Kindergarten Observation Tool, please visit the Early Childhood Education Bureau’s Page.


For resources regarding the assessments for the State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy, please visit the Language and Culture Division’s Page.


Page last updated September 21, 2021