The New Mexico Mathematics Content Standards and Benchmarks were adopted by the State Board of Education on June 21, 2002.
State Board of Education Goal: Establish clear and high standards in all academic and vocational subjects and ensure that assessments are aligned with content, benchmarks, and performance standards; require alignment of school curricula with performance standards and revise on a regular basis.
The Mathematics Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards has been designed to:
- Establish an articulated, coordinated, and comprehensive description of the content and skills students should learn at specific grade levels in the study of mathematics;
- Help teachers create classroom instruction and authentic assessments that address a substantive mathematics curriculum that can be applied to learning across all disciplines;
- Serve as the basis for a statewide assessment of student learning; and
- Stimulate thoughtful conversations and policy development regarding the acquisition and application of essential mathematical skills and concepts.
New Mexico Mathematics Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards identify what students should know and be able to do across all grade levels. They form a spiraling framework in the sense that many skills, once introduced, develop over time. While the Performance Standards are set forth at grade-specific levels, they do not exist as isolated skills; each exists in relation to the others.