New Mexico confirms K-12 education tests, secretary

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SANTA FE, NM — New Mexico’s top educator said Wednesday that the state will be testing K-12 students this spring after receiving waivers from federal testing requirements over the past last two years.

“We have a statewide standardized assessment that will be given at the end of this school year,” Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus told state senators during a committee hearing before to be confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday.

He said the department will also attempt to partially fill the testing gap by having school districts submit internal testing data for state analysis this summer.

“Student evaluations are a critical part of giving feedback to the student and parent, to the teacher to see if the program is correct, and to you as the legislative body,” Steinhaus said in response to concerns. regarding the lack of tests and data on school results. .

He added that the Legislature funds education with $3 billion in taxpayers’ money a year, saying lawmakers “want to know what that check is for, how it’s used, and if it’s effective.”

Like most states, New Mexico took advantage of a blanket waiver from federal testing requirements in 2020. It was one of the few to get a waiver in 2021.

But the 2019 data points won’t be directly comparable to the 2022 tests. That’s because Steinhaus’s boss, Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, replaced her Republican predecessor’s testing system after she took office this that year.

The plan was to switch to another testing format in 2020, but that was delayed due to the pandemic. Grisham is running for re-election this year with few objective measures of academic achievement in the K-12 system.

Steinhaus has headed the education department since August.

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