Two education advocacy groups are urging caution as state officials work to revamp a student assessment test and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office angrily denies officials are trying to make the test easier to raise scores.

NewMexicoKidsCAN and Teach Plus said last week they hope state education officials maintain rigorous standards and consider results from recent years as they work on creating a new exam.

“We must now resolve to select an assessment system that builds on the progress made by our students over the past decade – this has been and should continue to be a bipartisan issue,” stated Amanda Aragon, executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN.

She said troubling performance gaps remain for the state’s students of color and economically disadvantaged children.

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