The New Mexico Public Education Department, in partnership with New Mexico State University, will hold a stakeholder community input session on “Re-envisioning New Mexico’s Statewide Assessment System.” The event will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in the multipurpose room of Building 8 on the campus of Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 Arrowhead Drive.

The meeting will be the second in a series of discussions scheduled to take place across the state throughout the month of March. Parents, teachers and community members are invited to participate to provide input on how best to measure student success within New Mexico’s future statewide assessment system.

As New Mexico transitions away from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams to a new assessment system, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Governor Howie Morales have tasked the NMPED with developing a statewide assessment transition plan by August 2019. In order to accomplish this, the department will convene several “Community Conversations” to gather stakeholder input.

“We want to hear from everyone, including students, parents, educators, businesses, and organizations who have a vested interest in outcomes for our students,” NMPED officials stated in the department’s announcement of the meetings.

Additionally, the NMPED will create a statewide Student Success Task Force, which is expected to be announced April 10. The goal of the task force, according to the department, is to provide guidance that would culminate in a set of recommendations that reflect a shared vision of what New Mexicans value for all students and how best to measure student success. Task force members will be appointed by Secretary Trujillo, and nominations are currently being accepted through March 30 on the department’s website.

If special accommodations, ASL or Spanish translation is required for Wednesday’s community input session, please contact Region 9 Education Cooperative at 575-257-2368. For additional questions, contact ped.assessment@state.nm.us. Information on how stakeholder input will be used to develop a statewide assessment system transition plan can be found at www.core-nmsu.org.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net