New Mexico

Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe , New Mexico 87501-2786

Dr. Veronica C. Garc

Secretary of Education


Beverly Friedman

Public Information Officer



Press Release


For Immediate Release:  December 7, 2005



     New Mexico Science Standards Receive “A” Grade 


(SANTA FE) – New Mexico state academic standards for primary through secondary school science improved from an “F” in 2000 to an “A” rating according to the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation in their nationwide review of academic standards for primary-secondary school science that was released today.


New  Mexico Science Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards were recognized for making strides to develop clear academic expectations for students.  According to today’s report only eight states have showed significant improvements and New Mexico is one of seven states to receive an “A” rating.   New Mexico joined California, Virginia, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Indiana, and New York in the “A” category.


“I am pleased that we have been recognized nationally for our rigorous Science Academic Standards,” said Education Secretary Dr. Veronica C. García.  Part of making schools work, includes making sure that highly qualified teachers are teaching rigorous standards in the classroom.  Our science standards form the foundation that science teachers use for creating challenging lessons and units of study.  New Mexico is home to two of the nations most prestigious labs; the history of our state is wedded to science and technology.  It is only fitting that our students be skilled in technology in order to compete for the top jobs New Mexico has to offer.”


The New Mexico Science Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards was created by a team of students, parents, teachers and scientists from the state who based their final product on research and experience.  The Standards were adopted by the former New Mexico State Board of Education in 2003 and can be found on the Public Education Department’s website at


Comments from the review include:

·         Central to the quality of New Mexico’s effort is science content that is, as a reviewer reports, rich, varied, ambitious, and builds from grade to grade.

·         … New Mexico provides an unusual amount of well articulated good sense….

·         …New Mexico’s standards do their job much better than adequately…