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Our View: Some more disturbing education news

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By Ralph Damiani

Education efforts in this country – and in New Mexico – continue to struggle. We have poured millions upon millions of dollars into our educational system with little or no result.

 

We think it is a time for a change.

 

In a recent report, the state Public Education Department said that there has been some improvement among student proficiency in math and reading during the past five years. The vast majority of schools still missed state-established goals for increasing student achievement.

 

And the state standards are very low so this is very disturbing.

 

Officials released what they said were troubling new figures that showed only about half of the state’s students were graduating from high school within four years.

 

So not only are we graduating fewer students, but those who are graduating are doing so at a lower standard.

 

And this is what we get for spending something like 60 percent of our state budget on education? That doesn’t even count the local contribution from property taxes.

 

In a report released by the Associated Press, of the students who entered the freshmen class in 2004, 54 percent graduated from high school four years later. The national average is 70 percent.

 

Dreadful.


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