Standards Based Assessment (SBA)
Students in grades 3-8, 10 & 11 are required to take the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment. The SBA also serves as the high school exit exam.
The Standards Based Assessment is given to New Mexico public and charter school students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. The SBA also serves as the high school exit exam.
The SBA serves several purposes:
The schedule for the SBA is as follows:
High School: High school sophomores and juniors will take the SBA during the week of March 17. The schedule for high schools is as follows:
Middle School: Middle school students will take the SBA the week of March 10. The schedule for middle schools is as follows:
*Make-up tests also will be taken during the afternoons of March 10-March 20
Parents may request that their child be exempted from taking state or district mandate tests.
Practice exit exams for high school students:
Elementary and middle school students are tested in reading, math, science and writing.
High school students are tested in reading, math and science.
Questions are both multiple choice and short answer.
Sophomores who don't pass the test can retake it in the spring of their junior year.
Juniors who don't pass the test can retake it in the fall of their senior year.
In addition to passing the SBA in reading, math and science, students must pass end-of-course exams in U.S. history and writing to earn a high school diploma.
Passing scores on the end-of-course exams in science and eventually math could help students who fail the SBA still earn a high school diploma.
Students who fail the SBA after several attempts may rely on passing grades on the end-of-course exams as an alternative means to earning their high school diploma.
Other alternative ways of getting the diploma, should students fail the SBA after repeated attempts, include earning specified scores on the ACT, PLAN, PSAT, SAT, Accuplacer or AP exams.
The New Mexico Public Education Department has graduation checklist for parents and students with more details on requirements for earning a high school diploma.
An examination of APS test scores has found that many students do well on the multiple choice portion of the test. However, many who score at less than proficient levels have done poorly on the short answer portion of the SBA. Some of these students simply choose not to answer these questions, they don’t answer the questions completely, or they don’t support their answers.
One way parents and school staff can prepare students for the SBA is to encourage them to answer all questions on the tests, and to make sure they answer the short questions as completely as possible. It often is helpful, especially on math and science questions, to use graphs, tables and other graphic organizers in responding to short answer questions.
Short answer scores are based on content only.