In June 2009 the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) announced a joint venture to establish Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The goal is for all US children to graduate from high school ready for college, career pathways, and success in a global economy. The CCSS were written as part of a process to build on state standards in existence in the U.S., examine the expectations of other high performing countries around the world, and study of what students need to be prepared to graduate college and career ready. On June 2, 2010, the final versions of the English language arts and mathematics CCSS were released.

During the 2012-2013 school year NM Districts began implementation of the K-3 mathematics and ELA CCSS. The expectation is that the CCSS will be implemented in all grades K-12 in the 2013-2014 school year. That year will include a new Bridge Standards-Based Assessment (SBA) to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for students in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. The PARCC on-line assessments will be provided to all students in grades 3-11 by the school year 2014-2015.

The New Mexico Content Standards and Benchmarks for Language Arts and Mathematics have been replaced by the CCSS. The New Mexico Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards for all other content areas still guide curriculum, instruction and assessment. Plans to develop common standards in other areas are being led by organizations in academic subjects such as science, world languages, and arts. For a New Mexico Common Core State Standards Timeline, visit newmexicocommoncore.org

The New Mexico Public Education Department has established guiding principles for the CCSS in New Mexico. The guiding principles focus on preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school. The website, newmexicocommoncore.org serves as an online clearinghouse of information for students, teachers, and administrators, providing them with useful resources, access to statewide professional development opportunities, communication, and links to primary sources.

nmpedNew Mexico Public Education Department NM Common Core Initiative: A site with links for students, families, teachers and administrators.

parccPartnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC): A 24 state consortium working together to develop K-12 assessments in English language arts and mathematics.