New Mexico Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan

This state CCSS implementation plan is based on the premise that rethinking education is essential to operationalizing a state’s expectations and actions. The authors contend that “all elements of a standards-based education system have to be considered while simultaneously aligning system elements to content and process standards and acknowledging the need for ongoing and periodic evaluation and adjustment.” New Mexico’s 4-year phase-in plan addresses implementation timelines for Communication, Student Assessment, Curriculum & Instruction / Instructional Materials, Professional Development, and Internal Leadership. The plan follows a Kotter 8-step change process including: creating urgency, forming a guiding coalition, creating a vision for change, communicating the vision, removing obstacles, creating short-term wins, never letting up, and anchoring the changes in culture.

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The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) bases their four-year phase-in CCSS implementation plan on Kotter's 8-step change process, focusing heavily on communication and articulation of mission. This serves this high-level guidance well, focusing on aligning understanding across all stakeholders. Language and visuals are clear, with content very clearly laid out. It does not provide specificity for an LEA developing their specific plans, but the state plan provides the overall timeline and implementation markers. An Appendix provides helpful links to almost 40 additional planning, curriculum, instructional, and implementation resources.