Avant Partners with the New Mexico Public Education Department
In 2018, the Bilingual Multicultural Education Program (BMEP) Assessment taskforce was selected to research, review and identify assessments for Spanish language proficiency in Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking that are rigorous and meet the states’ Regulations and Standards.
The BMEP Assessment taskforce members worked in coordination with the state, via direct advisement to the Language and Culture Bureau. After careful and thorough review of the various assessments, the taskforce recommended Avant STAMP as the best available assessment for the students of New Mexico. Avant STAMP assessment scores are based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, which the state has adopted. Avant STAMP scores are delivered electronically within seven business days, allowing for the data to be utilized for driving instruction and making program decisions. Individual student Speaking and Writing responses are available for viewing to teachers and administrators, along with class summary charts. The Avant STAMP assessments are administered in a group setting and take an average of two hours to complete. STAMP assessments feature a unique adaptive design, so students never see the same test. Avant also offers language proficiency assessments in a variety of languages to accommodate testing for the State of New Mexico Diploma of Excellence Bilingual and Biliteracy Seal. Avant is honored to support the students of New Mexico with achieving their language proficiency goals.
Avant Assessment for Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs (BMEPs)
The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has contracted with Avant Assessment to deliver annual Spanish Language Proficiency testing in all participating state-funded Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs (BMEPs). The Avant STAMP test is the statewide Spanish Language Proficiency assessment for state-funded Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs (BMEPs) for school year 2022-2023.
Approved Spanish Language Proficiency Assessments for BMEPs:
For state-funded BMEP students to be identified as proficient, they must earn a minimum composite score of 6 (Intermediate-High) on the STAMP 4S assessment.
NMPED is covering the cost of once-a-year assessment of students enrolled in a state-funded BMEP who have not yet been identified as proficient (Level 6, Intermediate-High) in the Spanish Language through the annual assessment. All other testing conducted through Avant must be paid for by the district or charter school.
- Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs must deliver the Avant STAMP assessment for Spanish Language Proficiency to qualifying students annually.
- During the 2022-2023 school year, the STAMP assessment is to be administered in person.
The testing window for state-funded Avant STAMP assessment administration is Monday, October 24th, 2022 through Friday, March 17, 2023. Please ensure all students in a state-funded Spanish BMEP, who have not yet scored at the proficient level, complete the Avant STAMP assessment by Friday, March 17, 2023.
Avant Assessment for the New Mexico State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy (SSBB)
The assessment cost for juniors and seniors who take the assessment for the purpose of earning the State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy on the Diploma of Excellence will be covered by the NMPED. NMPED is covering the cost of up to two assessments for juniors or seniors assessing for the SSBB for approved Districts and Charter Schools that have an approved SSBB adoption. Testing should be conducted during the 2022-2023 school year. The deadline for the Avant STAMP and Avant STAMP WS assessment administration to earn the SSBB is Friday, March 17, 2023. Please ensure all students who are taking the Avant STAMP or Avant STAMP WS assessment for the SSBB take the assessment by this date.
Approved assessments for the NM SSBB:
As of School Year 2021-2022, students need to score a minimum of 5 (Intermediate-Mid) in all four sections of the STAMP 4S test to qualify for the second language piece of the SSBB. Students need to score a minimum of 5 (Intermediate-Mid) in both sections of the STAMP WS test to qualify for the second language piece of the SSBB.
Test coordinators will have access to all score reports online with their own results account login and oversee relaying the scores to NMPED and to the students. More information on score reports can be found in our STAMP 4S Reporting Guide.
The ProctorTrack Remote Proctoring option through Avant is only available for seniors who are unable to test in-person. NMPED is covering the cost of remote proctoring for seniors in this situation. More information on the Proctortrack Remote Proctoring option can be found here.
We look forward to supporting you with your testing!
Questions? Contact Account Manager Bonnie Buck to help!