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RIO RANCHO (AP) — New Mexico’s four-year high school graduation rate jumped to 70 percent just a year after federal data showed the state’s 63 percent rate was one of the worst in the nation, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday.
Speaking in front of students from Rio Rancho High School, Martinez called the seven-point spike a “mile marker” and said the improvement in just a year’s time was evidence that New Mexico schools could provide the needed services to help students graduate.
“While we have a long way to go ... I do believe the schools all across our state have taken on the challenge of keeping our young people in high school,” Martinez said. “And I think our students are responding well to the high expectations.”
Martinez said the state’s “A through F” grading system paired with preventative measures helped schools improve student achievement.
In addition to an overall graduation rate spike, state officials reported that graduate rates also increased for Latino and American Indian students and students with disabilities. For example, Latino students had a graduation rate of 68 percent, an eight point jump from 2011. Meanwhile, Native American students saw a graduation rate of 65 percent and a nine point increase.
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