The recent parent meeting between key staff and Senior Parents has raised some questions. I am taking this opportunity to answer those questions here:
The New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA)it is a requirement for graduation how did my student score?
Scores were passed out at the Senior parent meeting. Parents who want to pick up their scores can see Mr. Pacheco for their students results, or the parent can check powerschool from this site (login is the student ID number, the password is the date of birth of the student in this format MMDDYYYY.
Retakes for the NMSBA will start on September 15th, how can my student study?
The link below has some handy study materials collected by the Las Cruces schools:
Who sets the NMSBA retake dates?
Neither Tohatchi High School nor the Gallup-McKinley County Schools sets the test dates for NMSBA. The NM Public Education Department does. Furthermore Tohatchi High School does not print the NMSBA results. Electronically they were available to schools on the 1st of August. The paper form of the results was released to us earlier, and these are printed by the NM Public Education Department and delivered to the school district. The dates for retakes are as follows:
Monday, September 15 – Reading 1 and Reading 2
Isn't there a new test for this year's Juniors?
Tuesday, September 16 – Math 1 and Math 2
Wednesday, September 17 – Math 3 and Science 1
Thursday, September 18 – Science 2 and Science 3
Seniors will only have to take the tests they have not ever passed- Mr. Pacheco monitors this makes sure Seniors take the test they are in need of taking.
There is. Testing of our students and the turn around of the scores is something the NM Public Education Department mandates to the schools. The NM Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (NM PARCC) will be the test 11th graders will need to pass this year to graduate in 2016. I am including the website address for NM PARCC for your information. This will be a new test with two testing windows 31 MAR- 18 APR which will be part I of the test and 05MAY- 30 MAY which will be part II of the test. The test will not take up every one of those days but that is the window we will have to test our 11th graders this year. I do not know, and could not find out through looking at the website how fast we will have results back from this test. The test will be taken all online, and that will require the school to use its computer laboratories and the library to insure all students are tested within the window. We are taking other assessments online throughout the year to assess how students are progressing in their grade level learning; those tests like the PARCC are online. This test is new and measures the students ability to meet the New Mexico Common Core Standards which are by far more comprehensive and in essence more difficult to master than the previous New Mexico State Standards. These standards (Common Core as it is commonly known) have been in place since 10OCT10. Not all subject matters notably science and social studies are covered by the NM Common Core standards- those standards are still being developed and “rolled out.”
NM PARCC website:
Practice tests for the PARCC are available here: