Civic Education Policies: State Profile

Civic Education Policies: State Profile - New Mexico

December 2016


Data are collected using publicly available state statute, administrative code and, in some cases, curriculum and standards frameworks. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.


Description Citation/Link
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies High School Graduation Requirements
Are there high school graduation requirement in civics or citizenship education? High school graduation requirements include "three and one-half units in social science, which shall include United States history and geography, world history and geography and government and economics, and one-half unit of New Mexico history." (N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-1.1-I)

"Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, a student shall not receive a New Mexico diploma of excellence if the student has not demonstrated competence in the subject areas of mathematics, reading and language arts, writing, social studies and science, including a section on the constitution of the United States and the constitution of New Mexico, based on a standards-based assessment or assessments or a portfolio of standards-based indicators established by the department by rule." 

Summer civics courses or programs may be offered as an elective course to count toward credits needed to graduate and to earn a New Mexico Diploma of Excellence. 
N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-1.1-I, N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-13-1.1-L, N.M. Stat. Ann. §22-13-1.1
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Standards and Curriculum Frameworks
State standards include civics or citizenship education The New Mexico Social Studies Standards (grade-level standards for K-8, grade-cluster standards for high school) include a strand of standards for Civics and Government. In all grades, students are expected to “understand the ideals, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship and understand the content and history of the founding documents of the United States with particular emphasis on the United States and New Mexico constitutions and how governments function at local, state, tribal, and national levels.” Common benchmarks and increasingly complex performance standards are provided to support this key objective.

Sample performance standards include: explaining the difference between rights and responsibilities, why we have rules and laws, and the role of citizenship in promoting them (grade 4), explaining the roles of citizens in political decision-making (e.g., voting, petitioning public officials, analyzing issues) (grade 7), and demonstrating the skills needed to participate in government at all levels, including: analyze public issues and the political system; evaluate candidates and their positions; debate current issues (high school).

Set of Standards: Social Studies
Strand: Civics and Government
New Mexico Social Studies Standards (2009)

http://www.ped.state.nm.us/standards/
Curriculum frameworks include civics or citizenship education N/A
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Inclusion in Assessment and Accountability Systems
State assessments include civics, citizenship education or social studies Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, a student shall not receive a New Mexico diploma of excellence if the student has not demonstrated competence in the subject areas of mathematics, reading and language arts, writing, social studies and science, including a section on the constitution of the United States and the constitution of New Mexico, based on a standards-based assessment or assessments or a portfolio of standards-based indicators established by the department by rule." N.M. State. Ann. §22.13.1.1 L
22-13-1.1N
State accountability system includes civics, citizenship education or social studies N/A 22-2C-4
Civics, Citizenship or Social Studies Addressed in Other State Statutes or Administrative Code
State statutes (laws) that address civics, citizenship education or social studies In all first, second and third grade classes instruction that meets content and performance standards shall be provided in science, social studies, physical education and health education. In fourth through eighth grades, instruction that meets academic content and performance standards shall be provided in ... social studies, New Mexico history, United States history and geography." NMSA §22-13-1-C and D
State administrative code addressed civics, citizenship education or social studies New Mexico administrative code includes social studies academic standards by grade. Included in those standards is the study of United States history, United States government, world history, economics, and New Mexico history and government. Standards include desired student competencies at the end of each grade level in this subject area. NMAC 6.29.11

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