Instruction & Assessment

We live in a competitive, global economy. To prepare our students to meet these demands, we base our curriculum on the New Mexico Common Core State Standards. Students at Loving High School may also enroll in Advanced Placement (AP), dual credit, and career and technical courses.

NM Common Core State Standards

Loving Municipal and the state of New Mexico prioritize rigorous learning goals. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaches standards employed throughout the world, giving students access to the same standards regardless of the size of the school or location. CCSS offers a “different approach to learning, teaching, and testing that engenders a deeper understanding of critical concepts and the practical application of that knowledge. Developed by teachers and experts across the country, these standards prepare New Mexico students to be ready for college and competitive in both national and international job markets.”

While Loving Municipal Schools adheres to these standards, we continue to make our own decisions with respect to the use of specific curriculum or teaching methods. Please utilize the information provided at the side of this page for specifics regarding what your child will be learning.

Advanced and Alternative High School Courses

We are pleased to offer students a variety of options to prepare for and even get a jump start on college and the workforce. Visit our High School page for more details.

Testing and Assessment

We participate in state-mandated testing programs. The NMPED establishes testing date windows for test administration. Please be sure to plan family schedules around this testing; we will not excuse unnecessary absences on testing days.

PARCC: In addition to end-of-course testing, students in NM take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) in grades 3–11. PARCC also serves as one of the high school exit exams. Please review the information elsewhere on this page for free online tutorials, practice tests, and FAQs.

DIBELS: The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills for students in kindergarten through third grade.

NMAPA: Students with severe cognitive disabilities take the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) assessments and the New Mexico Alternate Performance Assessments (NMAPA). If a student takes the NCSC/NMAPA, he/she does not take PARCC.

ACCESS: The ACCESS assessment measures whether an English language learner has become proficient in English.