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Posted October 16, 2015

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Learn More about PARCC

Visit for more information on the state-required standardized test.

Last school year, the state switched from requiring students to take the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). PARCC was given for the first time in the spring 2015 to students in grades 3-11. Results from those tests are being released over the next few weeks.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has created a website to help parents, students and educators get more information on the PARCC.

PARCC and the Class of 2016

In order to get a high school diploma in New Mexico, students in public and charter schools are expected to pass several exams including a state standardized test for math and reading.

For the Class of 2016, that test may be the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (SBA) or the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

Most of the class of 2016 took the SBA as sophomores and the PARCC as juniors.

If they passed the reading and math portions of the SBA, they have met that part of the graduation requirement, even if they didn’t pass the PARCC their junior year.

Students who haven’t passed either the SBA or the PARCC will need to retake the PARCC this fall. The test is given in two parts and will be administered sometime between mid-November and mid-December. Check with your school for dates, times and place. Support will be available at each school for students who want help reviewing for retakes.

Students who take and fail the PARCC again may still earn a high school diploma by meeting “alternative demonstrations of competency.”

Other graduation requirements include earning at least 25 credits and passing standardized science, writing and social studies exams.

Graduation requirements, including passing scores on exams, may vary for students with an Individualized Education Plan. Contact your student’s school counselor for more information.

Fall retakes are for seniors only. Juniors will have an opportunity to retake the PARCC in the spring. Sophomores and freshmen also will take the PARCC in the spring.

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