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Social Studies Standards FAQ

Social Studies Standards FAQ 2021-12-16T10:03:14-07:00

1. When will the new standards be publicly available?

The standards have been posted for public comment on the following link: The Social Studies Revisions Working Group is in the process of revising the proposed standards to allow more time to consider all 2,909 pages of written comments and 109 verbal comments from the November 12 public hearing. The Social Studies Revisions Working Group will complete revisions in December 2021, and the final rule will be submitted and published in the New Mexico Register in February 2022.

2. When and where will public hearings be held?

NMPED extended the public comment period to 45 days (beyond the required 30-day comment period) and received 2,909 pages of written comments before the November 12 deadline. You can view the November 12 public hearing here.

3. What is the expected implementation date for these new standards (i.e. will they apply to this upcoming academic year or will they be effective for the 2022-2023 school year)?

The implementation phase will begin with professional development in the spring of 2022, continue into the 2022-23 school year to include material adoption and full implementation of the standards by the 2023-24 school year.

4. When will school districts be required to acquire new instructional materials to teach to the new standards?

Funding for Instructional Materials currently flows through the SEG and districts can choose to purchase materials for any academic content areas on any schedule they choose based on local need.

Regarding the adoption cycle, the content area of social studies is scheduled as follows:

  • Spring 2022: Once standards are codified in Rule the new standards will be provided as part of a call to vendors to apply for consideration as a core High Quality Instructional Material aligned to NM Standards.
  • June 2022: Review Institute to train NM teacher committees in selection
    • Includes CLR considerations and other considerations to assure high quality.
  • Adopted list published for LEA local decision making July 2022
  • We will also call for vendors to submit applications for supplemental materials in order to assist districts by curating a list of other available resources beyond core texts.
    • A list of vendors will be provided for district to conduct their own review of supplemental materials.
    • Supplemental materials are not reviewed by PED. However, we will provide a tool which districts can use to vet any supplemental materials they would like to consider.

5. What options will local school boards/school district have to reject any standard(s) that do not meet community needs or concerns?

The Social Studies Standards, once the Rule approval process has taken place-including a 30 day public comment period, will be codified under NMAC 6.29.11 and will continue to be mandated for students in grades L-12.

6. What outreach does PED expect to make to the Legislature in regards to these new standards (i.e. will PED be offering briefing sessions for legislators)?

NMPED regularly presents to legislative committees as requested, as legislators and committee staff are responsible for setting meeting agendas.

7. What input will school superintendents have in creating these new standards?

The standards have been in the process of re-write since the spring of 2021 after a statewide call, on February 18, 2021, for participants was circulated. The call was placed in the weekly communication blast to superintendents from NMPED. Any educator was eligible to apply (teacher, superintendent, principal, curriculum director, etc.). The committee ultimately included 64 members to represent K-12 from 38 districts and charters.

In addition, Focus Groups were held in June 2021 for the following stakeholder groups so that writing teams could incorporate feedback into the writing of the draft standards:

  • Curriculum & Instruction Directors, Principals
  • Teachers
  • Superintendents/Charter Leaders, School Board Members
  • Parents
  • Students
  • Tribal Education Directors/Leaders
  • Advisory Committee

Superintendents were also regularly updated during weekly superintendent calls and the twice-weekly newsletter that they receive.

Currently, the Social Studies Revisions Working Group is updating the proposed standards to incorporate feedback from public comments. The Social Studies Revisions Working Group is composed of members from the original Social Studies Standards Working Group.

8. What role do local school boards play in developing the new standards prior to their public release?

Local school boards do not have a formal role in the development of any administrative rules, including academic standards. They are, however, welcome to provide feedback during the comment period or the public hearing.

9. Has PED heard from the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) regarding a briefing on these new standards or any inquiry regarding these new standards could be subject to a future LESC hearing?

NMPED presented to LESC on November 17; handouts are available here and a recording of the hearing is available here.

10. What impact is the governor’s office having in the development of these new standards?

The Governor’s Office is aware of the process but has no direct involvement. The Governor’s team is aware of the expertise in education leadership at the PED and with the working group involved in revising the standards.

11. Has the working group developing these new standards reached out to other states to see how they have developed similar new K-12 Social Studies Standards?

The writing teams reviewed an array of sources, including other state standards and other documents, including those listed and linked to below:

12. Will teachers receive training or other supports in implementing the new standards?

NMPED will create a suite of supports to accompany the rollout of the new standards.

Page last updated December 16, 2021