FAQs for Teachers
It is important to make sure that every child across the country is given the tools they need to succeed. High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations that everyone can work toward together. These standards are a common sense first step toward ensuring our children are getting the best possible education no matter where they live.
The NMCCSS do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have so that teachers can build the best lessons and environments for their classrooms. The standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others will decide how the standards are to be met. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms. Local teachers, principals, superintendents, and school boards will continue to make decisions about curriculum and how their school systems are operated.
Having one set of standards will make it easier for states to pool information and resources to develop a shared set of high-quality tests to better evaluate student progress. New Mexico has joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortium of 24 states, that has agreed to utilize the same accountability tests. The goal is not to have more tests, but to have smarter tests that better demonstrate what students are learning and provide educators with evidence that will help them raise student achievement.
Yes, but only in the area of English Language Arts (ELA) and not for mathematics.
New Mexico conducted an alignment study in the early stages of the state’s CCSS adoption process to determine gaps between the proposed standards and the current state content standards. As a result, areas were identified, particularly in regard to cultural competence, which needed to be further addressed. These went into effect as a state ruling on October 29, 2010 as per New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 6.29.13, with a delayed implementation date. Implementation will coincide with the NMCCSS timeline of 2012-2013 for grades K-3 and 2013-2014 for grades 4-12.
The additional ELA standards are currently being reviewed to eliminate redundancy and ensure that cultural competence is fully addressed. The work is being led by the ELA/Literacy Launch Team at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in collaboration with the NMPED and Hispanic and Indian Education representatives. The review process will be completed in spring 2012 in time for these to be incorporated Training regarding these additional requirements will be included in upcoming professional development opportunities provided to districts by the NMPED and its partners.
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ARE THERE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE?
The Next Generation Science Standards are currently under development. Go to www.nextgenscience.org to learn more about these standards.
The NMCCSS for ELA contain separate literacy standards for grades 6-12 in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. In grades K-5, literacy standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are integrated into the Reading standards.
HOW WILL COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES BE INVOLVED IN THE TRANSITION TO CCSS?
Many of New Mexico’s higher education institutions are already deeply involved in teacher professional development for CCSS and in rethinking the preparation of teachers for the demands of CCSS.