Statement from Education Secretary Dr. Veronica C. García
Regarding Release of 2004 Testing Results
Santa Fe— Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C.
García said today that she is looking forward to releasing the
state’s official results of the standards-based or criterion-referenced
assessments (CRTs) in August 2004.
“As custodians of testing data, it is our responsibility to be
accountable to students, residents and communities by releasing data
that is accurate and has been through our normal data verification process,
said Dr. García. “It is very important that the public
is aware that the testing data released on July 20, by one school district,
is unverified data and has not been analyzed for final results.”
The Department said today, that the standard data verification procedure
in place is similar to every state in the country. The testing company
sends the raw CRT data to the state and the 89 school districts. The
unverified data is automatically embargoed because it’s in the
early stages of review. The review includes an interactive collaboration
between the state, school districts and testing company. For example,
the PED checks demographic data for each individual student including
school name, gender, special education, and grade levels. Once the Department
has analyzed the data for accuracy, official reports will be released.
Based on the Department’s preliminary review, the new grade-11
CRT test is working as designed and will provide useful information
to the state, districts, students and parents.
Dr. García concluded, “The testing results are also used
to help teachers identify ways to build a stronger school curriculum
that will meet the student’s educational needs. School districts
will be using the CRT testing data to revise courses of study, and restructure
school improvement plans. The main goal is to raise the state’s
student achievement levels, regardless of their academic status.”