July 20, 2005
New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Beverly Friedman
Public Information Officer

NM PED Invites Educators to Review Items from Standards Based Assessment

( Santa Fe, NM ) The New Mexico Public Education Department is seeking education professionals, representative of New Mexico’s diverse cultures, to review data and items from the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) and provide that the NMSBA aligns with the New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks.

Using data from the last test, these professionals will evaluate how well items functioned and will confirm that items for future tests are free of cultural bias.

Education professionals are asked to participate by contributing two days of review in their content area and/or grade level. The data reviews will take place during the week of August 8-12. Item reviews will take place from August 22-25 or September 7-9. All of these reviews will be held in Albuquerque. Lodging and meals will be provided.

A second group of professionals will be asked to review the alignment of the NMSBA to the New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks. This review will be conducted independent of the testing companies and the New Mexico Public Education Department. This group will be comprised of 16 educators from grades 3-9 and 11 in math and another 16 educators in reading. This study will take place August 15, 16, and 17 in Santa Fe.

Education professionals who have been actively involved over the past two years report their involvement with the development and refinement of the NMSBA as a positive and valuable experience.

“The expertise provided by New Mexico’s educators has contributed to the quality of the assessment and the data received on student achievement”, said Dr. Don Watson Assistant Secretary of Assessment and Accountability. “Participation provides an opportunity to contribute to the education profession, to work collaboratively with colleagues across the state to ensure the best possible assessment of and for students, and to deepen the educator’s understanding of the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment.”

“These activities may be used by teachers advancing in the three-tiered licensure system as evidence of professional growth,” said Jim Ball Assistant secretary of Educator Quality. Participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Educators can obtain more information and an application by going to: http://www.ped.state.nm.us/div/acc.assess/assess/index.html