October 3, 2017 | Christopher N. Ruszkowski Acting Secretary of Education New Mexico Public Education Department | Dear Mr. Secretary: As the state moves forward with the long-anticipated adoption of new science standards, the Las Cruces Public Schools wishes to express concerns about key omissions in the proposed New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards. As an early adopter of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), LCPS recognizes the need for a revised vision of science education to prepare students for college, career and citizenship. However, there is great concern that omissions in standards that support conceptual understanding of complex systems will have a lasting detrimental impact on science education.