15% Additional New Mexico Standards
The Common Core State Standards allow participating states to adopt an additional 15% of their own standards. When New Mexico adopted the CCSS in 2010, we chose to adopt an additional 15% of our own standards in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA). New Mexico did not decide do adopt any additional standards in 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, standards in the current state content standards that addressed cultural competence were added to the New Mexico Common Core State Standards. These went into effect on October 29, 2010 as per New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) 6.29.13.
Implementation of the additional 15% ELA cultural standards will coincide with the NMCCSS timeline of 2012-2013 for grades K-3 and 2013-2014 for grades 4-12. Training regarding these additional requirements will be included in upcoming professional development opportunities provided to districts by NMPED and its partners.
The 15% additional ELA cultural standards will not be assessed at the state level through the PARCC assessments. However, implementing these standards is required and progress may be monitored at the district and/or school level.