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Secretary Designate of Education Hanna Skandera serves on the PARCC Governing Board. Lynn Vásquez, PARCC Program Manager at the New Mexico Public Education Department, is the K-12 Lead for PARCC in New Mexico. Dr. Jose Garcia, Secretary of Higher Education at the New Mexico Higher Education Department, serves on the PARCC Advisory Committee on College Readiness. Jerry Pitzl, Policy Analyst at the New Mexico Higher Education Department, coordinates PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state.
New Mexico has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2006, aligning its standards and graduation requirements with the expectations of postsecondary education and employers. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in October 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the fall of 2011.
The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of New Mexico’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness. New Mexico’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in New Mexico, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.