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Career Clusters

Each program of study is reflective of labor market information connected to New Mexico’s labor analysis and research, local industry partnerships and advisory committees.

Furthermore, this initiative supports New Mexico’s Career-Focused Student Learning System by including:

• A strong academic core aligned to NM Graduation Requirements that prepares secondary students for college and work, with high level, contextually relevant competencies in the areas of mathematics, reading, language arts and science, through the integration of academic and Career-Technical education;

• An articulated system that links each level of learning to the next.

• An experiential component including site-based on-the-job training, mentorships, internships, apprenticeship, etc.;

• Three levels of the Career Clusters Framework:

  • Knowledge and Skills
  • Career Pathways
  • Occupations

• Student learning at the secondary level that is linked to the district’s focus area(s) for improvement as identified in the Educational Plan for Student Success (EPSS).

• Student learning at the postsecondary level that is linked to the state’s Workforce Development System.

The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires all states to use academic content standards as a basis for testing. In a report released July 20, 2006 by the American Federation of Teachers, NM is one of 11 states to have all tests reported under NCLB aligned to strong content standards. According to Education Week’s Quality Counts 2006, NM ranks as one of the country’s top 10 states for academic standards, assessments, and school accountability. NM received an A for standards, assessments, and accountability tying with Florida and West Virginia for sixth in the nation and was only one of eight States in the nation to earn an A in this area. The average state score was B-.

NM Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards
The New Mexico Public Education Department aligned the NM Content Standards,
Benchmarks, and Performance Standards with our Criterion Referenced Tests. Classroom teachers align lesson and unit plans with the grade level standards.

What are NM Content Standards, Benchmarks, and Performance Standards?
Content Standards are the knowledge and skills expected of students at certain stages in their education. Content standards describe what students should know and be able to do.

Benchmark relates to a specific standard and states what all students should know and be able to do by the end of designated grades or levels.
Performance Standard more specifically details what a student should know and be able to do to master the Content Standard.

By aligning what is written as our standard, with what is taught in the classroom, and assessed by our tests, New Mexico students will have an equal chance to become productive citizens, compete in the world of work and reach their full potential.

For more information, contact any Career Clusters Specialists listed on our contacts page.

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