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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

December 17, 2002

 SDE to Hold Regional Workshops on Assessments


(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that six regional workshops will be held throughout the state in conjunction with CTB/McGraw-Hill, publisher of the TerraNova, on test administration in 2003 and test security. The TerraNova CAT (or Complete Battery) will be administered in grades 3-9 between March 3-23.

District test coordinators and test coordinators of charter and state-supported schools are required to attend one of these workshops. Pre-registration in not required.

The following workshop schedule was announced:

January 14 Farmington Piedra Vista High School Auditorium 9:00 a.m. to noon
January 16 Santa Fe State Department of Education 9:00 a.m. to noon
January 17 Albuquerque Albuquerque TVI, Montoya Campus 9:00 a.m. to noon
January 22 Las Cruces Las Las Cruces Public School Board Room 9:00 a.m. to noon
January 23 Roswell Roswell Independent Schools Board Room 9:00 a.m. to noon
January 24 Clovis Clovis Municipal Schools Board Room 9:00 a.m. to noon

Information will be shared on the TerraNova and new New Mexico Standards-based Assessment (SBA), the criterion-referenced test to be administered in grades 4 and 8 in language arts and mathematics.

In addition, the workshops will provide training on the administration of the New Mexico Writing Assessment Program, New Mexico High School Competency Examination and the newly developed New Mexico High School Standards Assessment field test to be administered in grade 11.

The writing assessment will be administered in grades 5 and 7 on February 10-28 and the high school competency examination will be administered on January 20 to February 7. The field test will be administered in late April.