Testing time for New Mexico students to be reduced

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Like it or not, it’s the law. New Mexico students are required to take the PARCC test. But students may like some new changes with the standardized test.

“Today we are announcing three major changes to the PARCC assessment,” Hanna Skandera the Education Secretary said.

First, testing time will be cut again, like it was two years ago.

“On average, we’ll reduce the testing time for our students about 30 to 40 additional minutes,” Skandera said.

PARCC will also be pushed back to even later in the school year.

“We are providing an additional two weeks of instructional time before the assessment is given,” she said.

The test results will also come in faster for the next school year.

“Parents will get information about their child on how they’re doing in reading, language arts and math about a month earlier this year compared to last year,” Skandera explained.

The only grades that aren’t affected by the changes announced Tuesday are fourth and fifth grades.

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