PED Revises PARCC Results

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

We received a text from the Public Education Department that their original information about the definition of “proficient” was incorrect.

Following is the revised criteria: students are considered “proficient” if they score at a level of 4 or 5. (The initial information from PED stated that levels 3, 4, and 5 were “proficient”)

The test scores did not change.

For high school graduation, a score of level 3, 4, or 5 will be accepted for the classes of 2016 and 2017. In future years, a score of level 4 or 5 will be required for graduation.

There are five PARCC performance levels: 1: Did not yet meet expectations 2: Partially met expectations
 3: Approached expectations
 4: Met expectations 5: Exceeded expectations. Below are the revised charts.

PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. In the spring of 2015, approximately 230,000 New Mexico students joined five million students across the United States to complete the PARCC assessments. PARCC replaces New Mexico’s previous annual test, the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts and mathematics.

The results released today are from the first administration of the PARCC assessment and thus any conclusions should be considered with caution.

Individual reports for high school students will be available in early November 2015 and score reports for middle and elementary school students will be available in early December 2015. The detailed student reports will help teachers and families further understand what students know and are able to demonstrate in English Language Arts and mathematics.


  • Has interactive, real-world questions that require students to read complex texts, develop well-organized written responses, answer real-world math problems, and describe and defend their reasoning
  • Is a computer-based test that is aligned with the Common Core Standards
  • Includes short answer, essay, and multiple-choice questions

Typically, families receive results from New Mexico’s annual assessments in the summer or early fall. Because this was the first time students took the PARCC, reports took longer to prepare.

Each student will receive one score report for ELA and one for math. Score reports include several sections. The first section is the Student Performance Overview, which provides a student’s overall score and performance level. Performance levels are similar to grades; they are ranges of scores that indicate the level of a student’s overall understanding of the subject being assessed.

The following charts show results for the 2014-15 school year: