Contact: Ben Cloutier
For Immediate Release
December 28, 2018
Governor Susana Martinez Announces Record High Graduation Rate
High School Graduation Rates up 10 percentage points since 2011
Santa Fe, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that more students are graduating high school than ever before. The 2018 class set a new all-time high graduation rate of 73 percent – up 10 percent since Governor Martinez took office in 2011 and up 2 percent from last year. This is the highest graduation rate in the state’s history.
“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,” said Governor Martinez. “Our children are better prepared to enter the workforce, college and beyond. We must stay committed to high standards and meaningful reforms that are having some of the greatest positive impacts we’ve ever seen for New Mexico’s children.”
The State of New Mexico has increased the level of rigor in our state’s academic standards, assessments, and high school graduation requirements three times during the past eight years. This past summer, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) announced updated high school graduation requirements – with a focus on pathways of equal rigor for both college-bound students and student choosing to pursue a Career & Technical Education pathway (CTE).
“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. 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,” said Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. “I believe that New Mexico’s students will continue to rise to the challenge and continue on an upward trajectory because of the strong foundation that has been established. Now is the time to work together to accelerate and build upon this progress in the years ahead, never lowering the bar and never decreasing expectations.”
The final and complete high school graduation rate data, including student group data, district data, and school-by-school data will be published in February.
Statewide, New Mexico’s student progress is unprecedented in the state’s history: 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. More students are taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) exams and the statewide graduation rate is at an all-time high, for the second year in a row. As we continue to raise the bar across the public education system, our students are rising to the challenge.