Testing Requirements

Testing Requirements for the Class of 2019!

In addition to graduation credit requirements, you must pass 5 competency tests.

  1. PARCC ELA READING
  2. PARCC ELA WRITING
  3. PARCC MATH (GEOMETRY OR ALGEBRA 2)
  4. SBA SCIENCE- Click here for SBA review packet
  5. SOCIAL STUDIES (EOC)

Click here for: RRPS High school Demonstrations of Competency Pamphlet

Demonstrating Competency in Science

Step 1:

The primary method students demonstrate competency in science is to pass the NMSBA (New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment)/HSGA with a score of 1138 or higher.  Must attempt the test twice before qualifying for the ADC (Alternative Demonstration of Competency). 

There are two options available for the Alternative Demonstration of Competency in science

Step 2:

Those students who do not pass the SBA/HSGA retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

  • A student may demonstrate competency by passing a state-approved assessment in science. State-approved EoCs are available to students during winter and spring finals and also during retake windows set by NMPED

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

  • Pass a state-approved national exam in science including the science portion of the ACT, SAT subject test, an approved Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam
  • Successful completion of an RRPS-approved, credit-bearing core science class at an institution for higher education
  • ACT Work Keys Applied Technology score of 3 or higher
  • Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter from a branch of the military for a full-time position

Demonstrating Competency in Reading

Step 1:

Students are expected to demonstrate competency by achieving a passing score (reading subscore of 42) on the English Language Arts (ELA) PARCC assessment

Fourth year high school students who do not pass the ELA portion of the PARCC may retake that portion of the PARCC during the fall semester.

Those students who do not pass the PARCC retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

Step 2:

A student may demonstrate competency by passing a state-approved English 11 – Reading End of Course (EoC) assessment. The End of Course assessment will be given when students complete the course and the students’ scores will be banked for Alternative Demonstration of Competency purposes.

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Passing a state-approved national exam in reading.  Approved exams include the reading portions of the ACT, the SAT, the PSAT, an appropriate Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved credit-bearing core English class at an institute for higher education

ACT Work Keys Reading for Information score of 5 or higher

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter for a full-time position from a branch of the military

Demonstrating Competency in Math

Step 1:

Earn a qualifying score of 725 or above on the PARCC Algebra II or Geometry assessments. Must attempt the test three times before implementing the ADC.

Fourth year high school students who did not pass the Algebra II or Geometry portions of the PARCC may retake the test during the fall semester.

Those students who do not achieve a passing PARCC score on the retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

Step 2:

Pass an approved End of Course assessment in Math. Both RRPS and State EoCs are available to students during winter and spring finals and also during retake windows set by NMPED.  Certain EoC scores in math count only if a student also passes the Algebra ll course.

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Achieve a minimum score on an approved Advanced Placement (AP) exam, ACT, PSAT, or SAT math, or other approved exam.

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved, credit-bearing core mathematics class at an institute for higher education

If a student receives credit for the CNM FIN 1010 financial algebra course, can also use the state EOC for financial literacy (The dual portion does not count, as a stand-alone students must pass the EOC)

ACT Work Keys Applied Mathematics score of 5 or higher

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter from a branch of the military for a full-time position

Demonstrating Competency in Social Studies

There is no High School Graduation Assessment given in social studies.  Students must demonstrate competency through the following two steps. 

Step 1: 

Pass a state-approved U.S. History End of Course assessment (EOC) in New Mexico History, World History, U.S. History, Government, or Economics.  Students have three attempts to pass the EoC per course.

Step 2:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Passing a state-approved national exam in social studies.  Approved exams include the ACT, PSAT, SAT subject test, an appropriate Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam.

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved credit-bearing social studies course at an institute for higher education

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter for a full-time position from a branch of the military

Demonstrating Competency in Writing

Step 1:

Students must earn a qualifying writing score on the PARCC English Language Arts Assessment: 725 in ELA III or a writing subscore of 31 on PARCC

Those students who do not pass the PARCC retake may then enter the “Alternative Demonstration of Competency” track to demonstrate that they qualify for a diploma.

Step 2:

Pass an approved End of Course (EoC) assessment. The End of Course assessment will be given when students complete the course and the students’ scores will be banked for Alternative Demonstration of Competency purposes.

Step 3:

If a student is not able to demonstrate competency through the EoC, they may do so through one of these methods approved by the RRPS Board of Education:

Achieve a minimum score on the ACT, the SAT, the PSAT, an appropriate Advanced Placement exam, or other approved exam.

Successful completion of a RRPS-approved credit-bearing core English class at an institute for higher education

ACT Work Keys Business Writing score of 3 or higher

Student has taken the ASVAB and has a preliminary acceptance letter for a full-time position from a branch of the military

To begin practice on ACT Workkeys, please see your counselor to set up an account to practice:

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Once you begin passing the practice test needed (cut score below), you can set up an appointment to test at:

 

NM Workforce Connection Center
301 Rail Runner Ave.  
Bernalillo, NM 87005
Phone: 505-771-2160

ACT WorkKeys (Reading) Workplace Documents score of 5 or higher

ACT WorkKeys Applied Mathematics score of 5 or higher

ACT WorkKeys (Science) Applied Technology score of 3 or higher

ACT WorkKeys Business Writing score of 3 or higher