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There are two purposes for the New Mexico Standards Based Assessments:1. To determine the level at which New Mexico students achieve the New Mexico Content Standards. Each assessment is designed to measure the state content standards as delineated in the Assessment Frameworks; the SBA provides an accurate picture of student achievement of the New Mexico Content Standards.2. To measure the progress of students over time. In the past, measures of student progress were restricted to comparing one year’s class with another year’s class. With the development of vertical scales for reading, writing, mathematics, and science, the progress of each student and group of students can be examined each year in the tested content areas.Structure of the New Mexico Standards Based AssessmentsThe SBAs are paper-and-pencil assessments that are aligned to the New Mexico Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards. The assessments consist of multiple sections for eachcontent area. Per the following table, all areas except Writing have three sessions and Writing has two sessions. Test items are multiple choice (MC) and constructed response (CR). For CR items students write out their responses as opposed to filling in a bubble next to an answer choice as happens with MC items. The ratio of CR items to MC items is 70 percent MC and 30 percent CR, but because of the greater number of potential points for CR items, the point ratio for any given content area’s test is about 50 percent of points from MC items and 50 percent of points from CR items.For the Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies assessments, CR items may require either short answer responses (SA) or open-ended responses (OE). Students can earn up to two points for SA responses and up to four points for OE responses. CR items are scored according to previously established rubrics. Although there are generic rubric templates for the SA and OE items, please be aware that for actual scoring, they are customized for each specific item. These generic rubrics can be found in the Assessment and Evaluation web page. The item specific rubrics cannot be published because to do so would compromise item security.Source: NMSAP Procedures Manual, New Mexico Public Education Department
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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics