New Mexico

Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501-2786

Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Secretary of Education

Jennifer Chavez

Public Information Officer




For Immediate Release: January 11, 2006



Secretary of Education Kicks off Statewide Media Campaign with Roundtable Discussion on New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment

Albuquerque — Today, Wednesday, January 11, 2006, Secretary of Education Dr. Veronica C. García and members of the New Mexico community, including media, legislators and business executives participated in a Roundtable discussion on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment. Beginning February 27 through March 24 th 2006, students in grades 3-9 and from February 27 th- March 17 th for students in eleventh grade, throughout New Mexico will take the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment. The test will measure how well students have mastered reading, language arts, mathematics and science.

Dr. García remarked, “These tests provide a quality assessment of the education public school children are receiving and shows parents that if their child is proficient in New Mexico, their child should be proficient anywhere. The main goal of conducting assessments is to demonstrate what students know and can do in comparison to the New Mexico content standards. This information will assist us in closing the achievement gap and raising academic achievement for all students. Recently we received an “A” for the quality of our standards in the Quality Counts report. The changes we have made to improve our standards, increase professional development to ensure that teachers are teaching the standards, and align the assessment to the standards, and our latest effort to reach out to students, parents, teachers, and community members via a statewide public relations campaign —all of these efforts, will have the combined effect in the coming years of raising student academic achievement.”

This year, in addition to providing Superintendents and Principals with template letters to parents, teachers, and a template news release, the PED is also conducting a statewide PR campaign to help teachers, students, parents and community members best prepare for the Standards Based Assessment. To that end, the PED is offering sample activities on our website, as well as sample test questions that are designed to help students and families prepare for and succeed on the test.

The PED is also going to establish a series of themed weeks in which they will try to involve parents, teachers, students, community members and the media. The weeks will be timed as follows:


P. 2New Mexico Standards Based Assessment Round Table News Release


Participants had the opportunity to take a sample test with questions from different grade levels and a sampling of questions from all the tested content areas. Afterward, they discussed the tests and ways that the business community could get more involved in helping students, teachers and parents prepare and succeed on the upcoming tests.

For more information visit the Public Education Department website at


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