Common-Standards Watch: New Mexico Makes 40
Welcome back, common-standards devotees! New Mexico becomes the 40th state to adopt the new learning goals.
The state's secretary of education, Susanna Murphy, has approved the math and English/language arts standards, and they were filed yesterday, according to the secretary's chief of staff, Lori Bachman. (There is no state board in New Mexico; standards adoption there is the province of the schools chief.)
Based on feedback from a public-comment period, however, the secretary decided to delay implementation one year, to 2012. The comments showed concern that the state needed that extra year to prepare for changes in assessment, instructional materials, and professional development reflecting the new standards, Bachman said.
So with New Mexico's move, this is how our standards map looks today: