New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA) vs. Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

PARCC replaced New Mexico’s previous annual assessment, NMSBA, in English language arts and math at each grade level, because PARCC is better aligned with the CCSS being taught in the classroom. With PARCC being more challenging than the SBA, the first-year PARCC scores are expected to be lower than previous SBA scores as we establish a new baseline. However, as students and teachers gain the skills and knowledge to meet the new standards, we expect performance will improve. To learn more about PARCC click here.


New Mexico Common Core State Standards

PARCC allows students, parents, teachers, schools, and districts to have accurate information about how each student is performing with the new CCSS. Better information on how each student is meeting these standards helps parents, teachers, schools, and districts work together to ensure students are prepared for success. Click here to learn more about the NMCCSS.


Future Success

With over a third of all students require remedial courses when enrolling in public two- and four-year institutions of higher education, it is clear there is a disconnect between the knowledge and skills students have when they graduate from high school and what they need for success in first-year college, credit-bearing courses. The PARCC assessment system is designed to address this disconnect by providing students with clear indicators of college readiness while they are in high school. By providing students with information about whether they are on track, students and K-12 education systems will have the opportunity to address readiness gaps well before students graduate. Learn more here.