For Immediate Release: July 26, 2019
Media Contact: Connor Boyle
SANTA FE, NM – The New Mexico Standards Based Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts (TAMELA) was administered this past spring in response to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s January executive order directing the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to begin transitioning away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test.
The Spring 2019 Transition Assessment of Math and English Language Arts decreased time spent on testing for students by 30 percent while maintaining comparable results to last year’s assessment. Statewide English Language Arts proficiency rates increased in 2019, with nearly 33 percent of students demonstrating proficiency. Mathematics proficiencies have hovered around 20 percent since 2015. These results reinforce the governor’s call for a transformation of the education system in New Mexico. The NMPED is dedicated to providing the appropriate levels of support and resources to partner with districts and communities in this work. Spring academic achievement data can be found on the NMPED’s Accountability web page at:
Stakeholder Feedback and Vision for the Future of Assessment in New Mexico
Over the past few months, the NMPED has held a series of community conversations across New Mexico to listen to stakeholders regarding the vision for the future assessment system. As a result, a Student Success Task Force was established to help identify priorities. The priorities include ensuring
- culturally relevant, custom-developed assessments in grades 3–8 without increasing testing time and while maintaining comparability;
- a college entrance exam for all students at grade 11;
- a more balanced approached to measuring student learning that encourages the use of local classroom and district level assessments; and
- assessment literacy for multiple stakeholders.
This fall, the NMPED and the Student Success Task Force will be submitting a full statewide multi-year assessment plan to the Governor’s Office.
As recommended by the taskforce, the Spring 2020 math and ELA assessment in grades 3–8 will use the same blueprint as Spring 2019, with the addition of custom-developed field test items. New Mexico will continue including additional locally-developed, high-quality items each year as the assessment continues its transformation. The NMPED applauds the efforts undertaken by educators and schools to maintain high-quality instruction aligned to our state adopted standards during the transition year.
The NMPED recognizes that proficiency in math and English Language Arts is a core function of public education and an inherent civil right. The Department looks forward to engaging with New Mexico communities over the next school year on the Profile of New Mexico Graduate Project, where local communities can begin to articulate what a diploma means to their community, above and beyond academic indicators and test scores.