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Winter 2013 ISEC Teachers' Workshop:
“The Common Core Assessment System” with Lynne Vasquez

About the Workshop

The LANL Foundation was pleased to have sponsored Lynn Vasquez, PARCC Program Director at the New Mexico Public Education Department, who presented the Common Core Assessment System during the Winter 2013 ISEC Teachers' Workshop held on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center. This free event was host to educators from participating ISEC districts and included breakout sessions by grade on to discuss math, observiation topics andsharing science notebook ideas.

PARCC Description

In 2010, New Mexico along with 45 other states, adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Following this adoption of the CCSS, states across the country began work to develop assessments aligned to the rigorous learning outcomes of the new standards. In 2011, New Mexico joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium, working alongside 23 states to develop and deliver a new assessment system in 2014–2015. As a governing member of PARCC, New Mexico is able to weigh-in on the major policy decisions of PARCC.

Through the PARCC assessments, New Mexico students will be taking the same proficiency and accountability exams as students in 23 other states. The PARCC assessments will be taken on-line, and are being developed to ensure students have the knowledge and skills needed to further their education after high school and pursue their choice of careers.

The Public Education Department (PED) has already begun the transition to prepare students for the new PARCC assessments in 2014–2015. In 2011–2012, for the first time 10th grade students are taking the Standards Based Assessment (SBA), and students must receive a minimum score on the SBA to graduate from high school. By giving students familiarity with the SBA sooner—in 10th grade—administrators and teachers get more data about how students are faring on the graduation requirements, and students have more opportunity to prepare for graduation.

Beginning in 2012–2013 when the New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) are implemented in grades K–3, students in grade 3 will take a new SBA bridge assessment containing a subset of items that are dually aligned to the NMCCSS and the New Mexico state standards. Students in grades 4–8, 10 and 11 will continue to be assessed on the New Mexico state standards (the SBA will not change for these grades) for student growth and the A–F School Rating System. Group performance at the state, district, and perhaps school levels will be summarized in a report to provide baseline information.

To further prepare students for the PARCC assessments, PED is building a second bridge assessment to be delivered in 2013–2014 to all students in grades 3–8, 10 and 11. This bridge assessment will be enriched with more dually aligned items. In 2014–2015, districts will administer the on-line PARCC assessments for all students in grades 3–11. Meeting college and career ready standards assessed through PARCC will be required for high school graduation. The New Mexico Alternative Performance Assessment (NMAPA) will be partially aligned with the New Mexico Common Core State Standards in 2014 and fully aligned with CCSS in 2015.

Lynn Vasquez presented NMPED's Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium, working with 23 states to develop and deliver a new education assessment system.

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