What Will My Student Be Learning?

Today, too many New Mexico students are underprepared for life after graduation. To fix that problem we need to set clear expectations and high standards for teachers, parents, and students that everyone can work on together.
Standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need by providing clear goals for student learning. New Mexico Common Core State Standards are part of a movement in New Mexico and in 45 other states to ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared to graduate from high school ready for college or a career. Common standards mean that students receive a high quality education at every school, in every community in the state.
New Mexico Common Core Standards have been developed for grades K-12 in English and mathematics. Common Core is a different approach to learning, teaching and testing that engenders a deeper understanding of critical concepts and the practical application of that knowledge. All students, starting in kindergarten, will be learning advanced skills in core subjects like English and mathematics that they must have if they are to be successful in the modern world. By 2015, all students will be taking new forms of tests that require them to show that they have the ability to read, write, speak, solve problems, and use technology. These tests will examine many kinds of student work, not just multiple-choice answers.
New Mexico will be teaching the Common Core State Standards to students in grades K-3 beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, and to students in grades 4-12 in 2013-2014.
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  • Jessica B

    Why are parents not held accountable for their lack of interaction with the school or with their own children? What are the specifics and where is the website I can view in order to make sure that I meet my standards of proper parenting support to enhance and "work together" for my children's achievement of high standards?

    NMPED Response:

    Parents are encouraged to visit the New Mexico Public Education Website to view the implementation plan for the Common Core State Standards by following this link:
    http://newmexicocommoncore.org/parents/. The parent section includes resources for parents to use to support their students in mastering the CCSS. These include: parent brochures detailing what students will be learning in each grade level, online modules featuring strategies parents can use to support their student, videos, and other resources.

  • Colleen

    During Parent/Teacher conferences I saw the Common Core Standards materials and I wasn't impressed! The material, in particular the textbooks, could be found in a 3rd grade classroom and certainly not a 6th grade classroom. I asked the teacher how my child could be challenged and she told me that it wasn't possible with this new curriculum. The teacher also felt she wasn't allowed to incorporate other teaching methods with Common Core. Basically, all students are required to march to the beat of the same drum!

    NMPED Response:

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) describe what students will learn in math and English language arts at each grade level. The CCSS are not a curriculum and do not dictate which text books teachers should use or how they should teach the students. Teachers still have the same flexibility they have always had to decide HOW to teach the standards. It is up to the teacher, school and school district to determine which textbook and instructional materials to use. If you are concerned about the textbooks in your child's classroom, we encourage you to contact your school or district.