New English Language Arts Standards: K–5

One of the key requirements of the New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. By the time they complete the core, students must be able to read and comprehend independently and proficiently the kinds of complex texts commonly found in college and careers.

Text complexity in the NMCCSS is defined in grade bands: grades 2–3, 4–5. Students in the first year(s) of a given band are expected by the end of the year to read and comprehend proficiently within the band, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. Students in the last year of a band are expected by the end of the year to read and comprehend independently and proficiently within the band.

Grade-Specific Text Complexity Demands

Kinder: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.

Grade 1: With prompting and support, read prose and poetry [informational texts] of appropriate complexity for grade 1.

Grade 2: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature [informational texts] in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 3: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature [informational texts] at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Grade 4: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature [informational texts] in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Grade 5: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature [informational texts] at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

More in-depth information regarding text complexity along with exemplars is available in following ELA CCSS appendices:

Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards/Glossary of Key Terms http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf

Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks
 http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

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