Assessment

Asking students to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter is critical to the learning process; it is essential to evaluate whether the educational goals and standards of the lessons are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding. Further, assessment inspires us to ask these hard questions: "Are we teaching what we think we are teaching?" EPS complies with the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) state requirements for assessing students.  
  • Istation Short Cycle Assessment
    What are Istation’s assessments? Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP) Early Reading and ISIP Lectura Temprana are sophisticated, web-delivered computer-adaptive testing (CAT) systems that provide continuous progress monitoring (CPM) by frequently assessing and reporting student ability in critical domains of reading and Spanish early reading, respectively, throughout the academic year.

    Assessment Calendar for 2016–2017:

    • Beginning of Year: Within first 40 days of instruction
    • Monthly progress monitoring for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students
    • Middle of Year: January 9–27, 2017
    • Monthly progress monitoring for Tier 2 and Tier 3 students
    • End of Year: May 1–19, 2017

  • Summative Assessments include annual formal assessment of students.  Summative assessments administered include:

    • EPIC New Mexico Exam Platform for Informing Curriculum End of Course (EOC) Assessments — administered to middle and high school students at the end of their course for classes for which an EOC exam is available.  EOC exams may be utilized as final exams for student grading and in some instances may serve as Alternative Demonstration of Competency (ADC) for high school graduation purposes. 

    • ACCESS for ELLs (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners) is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment given to Kindergarten through 12th graders who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). Administered in January – February, exact exam window TBD by PED. 

    • PARCC is an annual assessment in English Language Arts and in math for students in grades 3-11. While PARCC is a new assessment, New Mexico students have taken annual assessments in these subjects for decades (e.g., SBA, CTB Terra Nova, etc). Administered in March-April, exact exam window TBD by PED. 

    • Standards Based Assessment — Science (SBA-Science) is an annual assessment in Science for students in grades 4, 7 and 11.  Administered in March-April, exact exam window TBD by PED.

    • IPT - Nationally normed language proficiency assessments, IPT is administered to students K–12 in order to measure program effectiveness and language proficiency for our Enrichment and Heritage Spanish Language Arts Program. IPT will identify Non-, Limited, or Fluent/Competent Spanish Language Proficiency.   Administered in April-May annually for students participating in the BMEP.

    • Alternative Assessment—Students who are unable to be assessed via traditional means and meet criteria for Alternative Assessment are assessed via the New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessment (NMAPA) for Science and Social Studies and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) which is an alternative assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options.
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