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Curriculum and Instruction 2022-07-19T08:32:38-06:00

Welcome to Curriculum and Instruction, which is an integral part of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Division. Curriculum and Instruction includes four bureaus: Literacy and Humanities, Math and Science, Instructional Materials, and College and Career Readiness.

New Mexico Instructional Scope (NMIS) 3.0

We are pleased to announce the launch of the NMIS 1.0 Social Studies and Science and the release of 2.0 Math and Language Arts in July 2022. The NMIS is as an educator influenced tool designed to provide guidance and support to assure that all students in New Mexico have access to content at their grade level combined with the use of impactful instructional strategies. The tool is a strategy for assuring a guaranteed, viable, and equitable curriculum across the state, while at the same time capitalizing on the leadership and expertise of educators at the local level.

The NMIS is designed to:

  • Meet districts where they are, with tools to support district-wide horizontal and vertical curricular alignment, as well as provide guidance on the sequencing of standards at the local level.
  • Foster programmatic planning at the district and school level and provide a rich foundation for aligned collaborative conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Support teachers in their individual as well as their collaborative instructional planning and in utilizing strategies, including the use of formative classroom assessment, to guide all students in attaining grade level proficiency, or above.

As we introduce this latest release of the NMIS, we look forward to collaborating with educators across the state. We welcome your feedback, which will be considered for inclusion into future versions

Step 1

Please read this brief introductory document to get acquainted with the NM Instructional Scope.

Step 2

Choose your role below to see how you can best prepare to incorporate the NM Instructional Scope

Step 3

These pages will provide an overview for Instructional Acceleration.

Guidance for Instructional Acceleration

Guidance Tool for Language Arts

Guidance Tool for Mathematics

Guidance Tool for Science

Guidance Tool for Social Studies

Click the link below to register for a FREE, asynchronous professional learning series for educators on grade-appropriate instruction and accelerated student learning.

Register Here


Step 4

View the full New Mexico Instructional Scope documents for each subject below.

NM Language Arts Instructional Scope

Student Supports and Writing Prompts for ELA Standards

NM Mathematics Instructional Scope

NM Science Instructional Scope

NM Social Studies Instructional Scope

New Mexico Multi-Layered System of Supports

The Multi-Layered System of Supports (MLSS) is New Mexico’s comprehensive overhaul of the Response to Intervention (RtI) that improves support systems by removing administrative barriers to providing timely evidence-based supports and focuses on holistic student success through robust family partnerships. Driven by student progress data for grade-level standards, the MLSS works to empower educators with a comprehensive system to make evidence based-decisions that are fluid, timely and meaningful. MLSS works to champion accelerated learning practices and school systems/policies that support the implementation of high-dosage tutoring opportunities that meet the individual needs of students while also ensuring students continue to have access to robust core instruction and universal supports.

For the 2021-22 school year, the PED has developed two MLSS Suites of Support made available to all districts and charters at no cost. The MLSS Point-Of-Contact (see below for more detail) for each district or charter will receive communications in the coming months that will provided an opportunity to learn more about the two MLSS Suites of Support and how to apply to receive intensive supports.

  • Universal Suite (required for all districts/charters):
    • Assign a district-level administrator as the MLSS Point-Of-Contact (see below for more detail)
      • MLSS POC attends monthly webinars
      • MLSS POC ensures all schools complete the MLSS Self-Assessment (see below for more detail)
  • MLSS Coaches are assigned to all LEAs (districts/charters) at no conducts
    • MLSS Coach conducts monthly coaching calls with the MLSS POC to discuss planning/implementation efforts that focus on ensuring equitable access to grade-level standards through the MLSS Progress Measures
  • Intensive Suite (optional):
    • Assisting district/charter administrative teams in the analysis of data collected from school sites to complete the MLSS District Planning Template
    • MLSS Coaches conduct targeted MLSS School Support Interviews. Participating school will receive a package of technology and materials that include resources for recording teacher instruction and collaborative meetings.
    • Virtual professional learning that address the technical assistance needs of the district/charter
    • Guidance, policy, and infrastructure development that supports equitable access to grade-level standards, high-dosage tutoring opportunities that utilize accelerated learning practices
    • …and much more.

Below are the recommended steps that ALL educators and administrators should take when exploring the MLSS and how it applies to current work. For additional guidance, resources, and tools for the Multi-Layered System of Supports (MLSS), please visit:

Step 1

When beginning your journey through MLSS, start by reviewing the NEW MLSS Implementation Guide. This guide provides a detailed walkthrough of the various roles that district leadership, school leadership, and collaborative teacher teams (PLCs) have in making sure that holistic student success is realized through:

  • High-Quality Curriculum and Common Interim Assessments
  • Daily Differentiated Small Group Instruction
  • Layer 1: Universal Student Supports and Progress Monitoring
  • Supports for English Learners (Els)
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Behavioral Supports
  • Layer 2: Targeted Interventions and Progress Monitoring
  • Layer 2: Health and Wellness Teams
  • Layer 3: Intensive Interventions and Progress Monitoring
  • Layer 3: Non-punitive System of Behavioral Supports

Step 2

In response to growing demands for asynchronous learning opportunities for MLSS, the PED has developed a NEW suite of courses available through Canvas. These courses provide a unique opportunity for participants to receive certification of their understanding of MLSS while establishing avenues for educators to interact with other educators throughout the state.

Click here to access the MLSS Canvas Courses

Step 3

Now that you have a complete understanding of the new MLSS framework, review the following materials, resources, and forms found on the MLSS Webpage:

For questions regarding the Multi-Layered System of Supports (MLSS) please contact:

Kenneth Stowe
(505) 412-9979

Page last updated July 19, 2022