N.M. students eye early college

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Under the program, sophomores could test out of their last two years of school

By Special to the Monitor

Santa Fe  — New Mexico is one of eight states that will participate in the Board Examination Systems Program that will allow high school sophomores to voluntarily test out of their last two years of high school, to prepare students for college coursework, and to get a degree, Education Secretary Veronica García said in a news release.

The program, organized by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), Washington based non-profit, will work with states to provide college preparatory curricula for high schools so that students can take rigorous world class board examinations to exit high school and possibly enroll early in college.

Students will be encouraged to remain in high school to continue taking college prep courses their junior and senior years if they wish to enter Ivy league–type colleges and universities. 

The program will also provide that fewer students will need remediation when they do enroll in higher education and will cut down on college drop-outs.

“Making world class instructional systems available to high schools in New Mexico will complement challenging coursework already

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