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.