June 2, 2004
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

Statement Regarding Delay in Release of 2004 Testing Results

(Santa Fe, NM) – The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) said today that by the end of this week, school districts will have received the district, school and individual student testing results from the spring 2004 administration of the TerraNova and SUPERA norm-referenced assessments. The standards-based or criterion-referenced assessments (CRTs) in grades 4 and 8 in mathematics and language arts have gone through a red team review, conducted during the week of May 17, to ensure accuracy in reports issued on the results. Individual CRT results have been sent to districts. Later, following the completion of a reconciliation process and a review of preliminary results by PED, the district and school reports will be sent to districts.

The results were delayed this year at the direction of the PED. The PED needed time to work with districts and the testing companies to ensure that information recorded on testing booklets by teachers and students matched the information in the PED’s data system. It is essential that the reports on these assessments be accurate and reliable for the calculation of accountability ratings and Adequate Yearly Progress.

When the PED released the 2003 CRT results in April, it became apparent that the information between the districts and the state on student ethnicity and other categories we must track did not match in grades 4 and 8. This discrepancy resulted in the development of a review and verification process to ensure the accuracy of future testing results.

Each school district will determine when and how it will distribute individual student testing results.