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Governor announces NM’s highest graduation rate ever

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Gov. Susana Martinez announced on Friday that more students are graduating high school in New Mexico than ever before.

The 2018 class set an all-time high graduation rate of 73 percent — an increase of 10 percent since 2011, when Martinez took office, and up 2 percent from last year. The number marks the highest graduation rate in the state’s history.

Final and complete high school graduation rate data, including student group data, district data and school-by-school data will be published in February.

“New Mexico’s students continue to rise to the occasion, and today’s announcement is a testament to the potential that each and every student possesses,” Martinez said. “Our children are better prepared to enter the workforce, college and beyond.”

The state has increased the level of rigor in academic standards, assessments and graduation requirements three times during the past eight years.

“New Mexico’s students today are more prepared than ever before in the state’s history to contribute to the state’s economic progress and vitality,” Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski said. “High school graduation rates are at an all-time high, college remediation rates are at an all-time low and thousands more students are reading and doing math on grade-level.”

Statewide, 11,000 more students are doing math on grade level and 13,000 more students are reading on grade-level since 2015 – with Native American students improving their reading results more than any other group of students, by 8.2 percentage points, according to NMPED reports. More students are also taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) exams.