For Immediate Release: September 19, 2018
Governor Susana Martinez Announces #NAEP2019 Campaign to Promote Test Determining State’s National Education Ranking
Encourages Students and Teachers to Raise Test Scores; NAEP Determines National Education Ranking
Albuquerque, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the launch of the state’s first-ever campaign to promote the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). NAEP is an assessment, in both math and reading, administered to a sampling of fourth and eighth grade students in every state across the country. The results of NAEP determine New Mexico’s National Report Card and ranking.
“As we’ve traveled around the state, we have found that schools, teachers, and students weren’t fully aware that the NAEP is what determines our national ranking – we need to rally together and show the country the academic progress that our students and teachers have made,” said Governor Martinez. “With thousands more students on grade level in reading and math, this is yet another opportunity to prove that New Mexico is on the rise.”
Over the past seven years, New Mexico has raised the bar for what it means for our students to be college and career ready—aligning expectations, standards and assessments to the 21st century global economy. Prior to Governor Martinez taking office, New Mexico’s expectations for districts, schools, and educators were not aligned to NAEP expectations. Today, New Mexico’s fourth and eighth grade NAEP performance mirrors how our fourth and eighth grade students perform on our statewide assessment (PARCC)—setting our students up for success. After years of raising expectations, the level of rigor in measuring proficiency in our statewide assessments is comparable to the level of rigor on the NAEP.
“Since Governor Martinez took office, students in New Mexico have had access to higher standards and more rigorous content that will make them competitive in the 21st century. This year’s fourth and eighth graders grew up in this new reality, and this will be the first time our students will be fully ready to demonstrate the unprecedented progress they have been making,” said Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. “Now, it’s up to all of us to rally together as a school community and help get our students ready to raise New Mexico’s national ranking.”
The #NAEP2019 campaign will include Secretary Ruszkowski and the team at the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) traveling to schools across the state to help ensure that students and communities are aware of and prepared for the upcoming assessment. NMPED will deliver #NAEP2019 posters and #NAEP2019 preparation boxes to hundreds of schools. NMPED’s NAEP coordinator will also visit districts to meet with school staff and school boards to talk about the importance of NAEP, and to share what schools can expect if randomly selected to take the assessment.
The #NAEP2019 administration will be given to a random sample of fourth and eighth grade students beginning January 28, 2019 and ending March 8, 2019. Students are pulled from their classrooms for a short period of time to complete the assessment—as required by federal guidance. The subjects that determine the state’s national ranking are Reading & Mathematics.
Statewide, New Mexico’s recent student progress is unprecedented in the state’s history: 11,000 more students are doing math on grade-level and 13,000 more students are reading on grade-level since 2015—with Native American students improving their reading results more than any other group of students—by 8.2 percentage points. More students are taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) exams, the statewide graduation rate is at an all-time high of 71.1 percent, and more teachers are earning Exemplary and Highly Effective ratings than ever before.
As we continue to raise the bar across our public education system, our students are rising to the challenge. NAEP is yet another opportunity to prove that New Mexico will be the fastest-improving state in education by 2020, as articulated in New Mexico’s top-rated State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).