Report | April 25, 2018

New Mexico’s Rigorous Education Standards Will Bolster Its Future Success

How New Mexico’s education standards and aligned assessments will help make young New Mexicans work-force ready, military-eligible and crime-free

What happens in our classrooms today will determine New Mexico’s future success. But some signs are troubling. For example, only about 20 percent of New Mexico 8th graders are proficient in math or reading. If our young people are not well-educated, they will not be ready for college or careers, including careers in the military, and will be more likely to turn to crime.

To prevent crime in New Mexico we need our youth to gain the academic skills necessary to be successful in school, on the job and in life.

Lemuel L. Martinez, District Attorney, 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The New Mexico Content Standards and aligned assessments can help ensure that students learn the necessary skills at each grade level, so all students are prepared for success in postsecondary education, the civilian workforce, or the military, if they choose to serve. This report outlines why the New Mexico Content Standards, along with aligned assessments, are the clearest way to demonstrate the state’s commitment to a world-class education and show measurable results.

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