Standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for teaching and learning. The New Mexico Common Core State Standards are meant to assure that all students, no matter where they live, gain the same benefits and opportunities from education.

The framers of the Common Core State Standards have said that these must not be “new names for old ways of doing business.” In mathematics, students in grades K-12 will experience substantially different curriculum and expectations for learning.  The content standards introduce students to foundational concepts, in the earliest grades, and focus on these key ideas and their application throughout their schooling.  Overlaying the learning requirements for all grades are “mathematical practices” that describe the expertise that teachers at every level must be instilling in their students if they are to be proficient.  Examples of the “mathematical practices,” include the ability to reason abstractly, make assumptions and construct arguments that defend them, and to build mathematical models that solve problems in everyday life.

To get the standards, go to

Illustrative Math:

Inside Mathematics:

Shell Foundation:

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