Common Core State Standards

Making New Mexico Students Competitive in a Global Economy

The Common Core State Standards are a set of high quality-standards in mathematics, English language arts (ELA) and reading and writing in social studies, science, and technical subjects. There are also New Mexico specific standards in Science and Social Studies with additional state-specific standards focusing on culturally relevant texts and instruction.

The Common Core State Standards outline a different approach to learning and  teaching that strives to create a deeper understanding of critical concepts, higher order thinking and the practical application of that knowledge. Developed by teachers and experts across the country, these standards prepare New Mexico students to be ready for college and careers in order to be competitive in both national and international job markets.  The CCSS do not require schools to use specific instructional programs or teaching methods, those decisions will continue to be made at the local level by school boards, superintendents, principals and teachers.