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New Mexico will not be releasing Spring 2021 summative test scores due to low participation. School official stated that only 10% of their students participated, resulting in data that they said is not comparable between schools and districts. They add that data collected cannot be used to make definitive statements on student learning during the pandemic.

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  • Student testing allows parents to see how their students are doing, using an objective measure outside their school.
  • Normally, 95% of third and eighth-grade students are tested in compliance with federal testing requirement.
  • The requirements were waived in 2020.
  • New Mexico and some other states got an “accountability waiver” in 2021 also, with no minimum requirement for testing participation.
  • Although, they aimed for at least 80% of students tested to establish an academic baseline, only half of the school districts participated in testing at all.
  • New Mexico won’t be able to measure student increases or decreases in academic proficiency because it hasn’t had standardized, comparable testing since 2018, and won’t have it until 2022.
  • That means the department won’t be able to compare one year’s test results with another year’s results to measure growth or loss of learning or judge education investments until 2023.
  • Reliable data for vulnerable minority groups including students in poverty, Native Americans, students with disabilities and English language learners also will not be processed until 2023.
  • Despite statements of broken trend lines and being unable to understand unmeasurable data, limited data indicates proficiency scores in English and math fell from 38% in 2019 to 31% in 2021.
  • Average proficiency was probably worse, because students underrepresented in the testing tend to be those hurt by the pivot to remote schooling, including Native Americans, students with disabilities and students whose first language is not English.
  • The “high stakes” tests are pending a format change due to criticisms for excessively affecting teacher performance reviews and pigeonholing low performing students in remedial programs.

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