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.
Practice exit exams for high school students:
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 state-mandated, standardized test is used to assess whether students meet grade-specific standards.
The SBA serves as the high school exit exam. Students have to pass the reading, math and science sections of the high school SBA by the end of their senior year in order to obtain a high school diploma.
- The state's A-F school grading system relies heavily on SBA results.
Test dates are scheduled by the New Mexico Public Education Department.
The 2014 testing window is from March 10-April 4.
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. Fall 2013 retakes will be the week of Sept. 23.
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.
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.