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PARCC Test New Mexico

Students in New Mexico are tested annually with the PARCC assessments. The results of the PARCC are important for both students and schools since they advance accountability, help teachers spot students in need of extra practice, and keep parents informed of their child's progress. New Mexico employs the PARCC to measure students' problem solving, critical thinking, and application of the learned material. The PARCC Math test requires students to express mathematical reasoning and mathematical principles to solve real-world problems and construct mathematical arguments. The PARCC ELA test assesses students' ability to comprehend a range of complex texts independently as well as to write effectively using coherent language and clear reasoning.

PARCC Scores New Mexico

Most students who took the PARCC test performed either slightly better or slightly worse in 2016 than they did in the previous year on both the ELA and Math tests. The table below lists the percentage of students who earned a score of 4 or 5 on the New Mexico PARCC exams:

Grades 2015 - ELA 2016 - ELA 2015 - Math 2016 - Math
Grade 3 24.9% 24.1% 25.2% 29.9%
Grade 4 23.7% 25.0% 18.5% 23.1%
Grade 5 23.7% 24.7% 20.5% 25.2%
Grade 6 21.9% 24.2% 18.6% 19.7%
Grade 7 21.1% 23.0% 15.2% 17.3%
Grade 8 22.8% 25.7% 16.9% 19.2%
Grade 9 26.8% 27.4% 16.0% 18.2%
Grade 10 31.3% 32.1% 12.4% 13.2%
Grade 11 44.5% 44.9% 9.6% 9.4%

How PARCC Scores Affect Students in New Mexico

PARCC scores have various implications for students, teachers, and teaching methods.

Students: The PARCC was established as part of the graduation requirements in 2016. The class of 2016 needed a minimum score of 3 (approached expectation) on the PARCC to meet graduation requirements. Students who failed to do so on their first try were given a chance to retest. Students who failed all chances to pass the PARCC could still graduate using the “Alternate Demonstrations of Competency” (ADC), which is determined by individual districts.

Teachers: From 2016 onward, PARCC will account for, at the most, 11% of a teacher’s total evaluation score. In 2018, the PARCC will account for, at the most, 35% of a teacher's total evaluation score. The PARCC scores also affect schools' rankings.

Teaching Methods: PARCC scores are used to identify areas of strength and weakness. Teachers may use this knowledge to offer students the extra practice and instruction they need to be successful. Parents can also use this information to coordinate a plan with a student's teachers to help him or her improve. Note that the decision of if a student should repeat a grade is up to the school and the local district. The PARCC serves as a valuable tool that provides teachers and schools with objective information about how a student is progressing academically, but failing to pass it does not mean a student will be held back a year. Read more about the PARCC scores.

New Mexico PARCC Practice Pack - Online

The PARCC tests assess students' understanding of taught material rather than superficial facts. Students are asked to apply mathematical reasoning and to analyze texts to solve problems, a thought process that requires practice to master. Since the PARCC plays a significant role in influencing your child's future, it is vital to spend time preparing for it. TestPrep-Online's PARCC preparation packs contain PARCC practice tests, study guides, and detailed answer explanations, all of which will help prepare your child for the PARCC.

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