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Chimayo, NM 87522
(505) 351-1112

Gwen Warniment,
ISEC Program Director

(505) 753-8890 ext. 120

Danielle Gothie,
ISEC Professional
Development Coordinator

(505) 753-8890 ext. 117

Doris Rivera,
ISEC Professional Development Specialist

(505) 753-8890 ext. 132

Bryan Maestas, Science Resource Center Coordinator
(505) 351-1112


ISEC Evaluation

To verify that the implementation of inquiry science is indeed “improving performance of high-need students in grades K–8” and “closing student achievement gaps”, ISEC has contracted with Edvance Research, Inc. to assist in conducting a rigorous evaluation.

With New Mexico consistently ranking last or nearly last in most areas of education, there is now reason to celebrate success in student learning and achievement. After four years of implementation of the Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC), an independent evaluation shows that students in the program have made “statistically significant” improvements in grades 4, 5 and 6 in every subject included in the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (SBA), evaluated by ISEC. When compared to students of similar demographics not participating in the program, ISEC students scored an average of 4 to 7 points higher not only in science but also in reading, writing and math.

Read about the positive results of ISEC in the Evaluation Report

The tasks of the evaluation are:

Task 1.1 Comparison of ISEC student scores in Grade 4, 5 and 6 on the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) with those of students in matched schools
Task 1.2 Analysis of FOSS/STC Pre and Post Unit Assessment results for Grades 3–6
Task 1.3 Examination of student science notebook
Task 2.1 Measurement of changes in teacher knowledge and its relation to student achievement
Task 2.2 Analysis of classroom observational data and its relation to student achievement





Inquiry science programs are highly successful for closing student achievement gaps, especially when partnered with literacy and math.

ISEC Evaluation Report:
   program raises scores in
   science literacy & math

What is inquiry STEM

Smithsonian Science
   Education Center

2016 Summer Teachers' Institute for New Module Training (for ALL current & new ISEC teachers)
Session 1: June 6-9 or
Session 2: August 1-4
Register by April 30

Job Opening: ISEC Professional Development Specialist. Applications due Apr 1. View details and how to apply.

Read the latest issue of
The Query: ISEC Newsletter

NEW Teacher Professional Development Opportunities from the ISEC Instructional Team

See highlights from the Conference on Education "The Joy of Teaching & Learning" October 16, 2015

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* Name of school,
* Teachers name
* Kit title
* Description/
quantity of missing item

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