New Mexico: College and Career Policies

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

New Mexico requires 4 credits of math to graduate.

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

Teachers are required to submit a professional development dossier that includes evidence of competency in order to advance in terms of level of certificate.

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

Spurred by legislature and overseen by Department. The evaluation portion of the NMTEACH Educator Effectiveness System is comprised of 3 categories: Observations, locally adopted Multiple Measures and Improved Student Achievement

NMSBA is a statewide assessment program administered in third grade through high school. The New Mexico standardized tests assess reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. NMSBA is taken from 3rd to 8th grade, and is aligned to New Mexico state standards. The NMSBA tests measure students’ critical thinking skills in the major content areas. Eleventh grade students are assessed using the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA), which is a standards-based test that measures how well students are mastering reading, math, writing, science, and social studies. The New Mexico High School Competency Examination (NMHSCE) is given to all students in 10th grade and to students in 11th grade and 12th grade who have not yet passed all sections of the test.

New Mexico updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Administrators do not need to complete courses; however, they are required to complete a professional development dossier

New Mexico updated the visual and performing arts standards in 2009. These standards include Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Teachers are not required to complete professional development courses, however, they must complete a professional development dossier

New Mexico updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The New Mexico Public Education Department has authority over program standards

New Mexico updated their English language development standards in 2009.

The evaluation portion of the NMTEACH Educator Effectiveness System is comprised of 3 categories: Observations, locally adopted Multiple Measures and Improved Student Achievement The NMTEACH Educator Effectiveness system was developed with direct input and guidance from the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, the NMTEACH advisory committee, and the input of legislators, union leaders, parents and teachers. Using extensive research regarding student achievement, teacher effectiveness and teacher evaluation, the stakeholders recommended the 3-area approach adopted by NMTEACH. 50% of this evaluation is based on student performance measures.

New Mexico updated the health education standards in 2009.

New Mexico has standards in 8 content areas including English language development standards, health, English language arts, math, world languages, physical education, science, social studies, and the arts.

New Mexico updated the science standards in 2003.

As an applicant for teacher licensing, you are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university offering an approved educator preparation program. If you completed a teacher preparation program in a college/university outside of New Mexico, your credits will usually be accepted as long as the program and institution are regionally accredited and approved by that state’s Department of Education.

New Mexico updated the social studies standards in 2009.

New Mexico's Department of Public Instruction oversees teacher certification.

New Mexico updated the physical education standards in 2009.

In order to become a certified teacher in New Mexico, an applicant must have specific educational coursework.

New Mexico's world language standards are called the Modern, Classical, and Native Languages standards.

New Mexico requires 4 units of English to graduate.

The State Board has full authority to adopt standards.

New Mexico requires 9.5 additional credits for graduation.

Department of Education, under the authority of the Commissioner of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

New Mexico requires 3.5 units of social studies to graduate.

New Mexico requires 3 units of science courses to graduate.