New Mexico Students Are More Prepared for Success in College than Ever Before
Remediation rate has dropped by 17% since implementing education reforms; Lowest remediation rate in New Mexico history
Albuquerque, N.M. – Yesterday, Governor Susana Martinez was joined by education leaders, teachers and students at the Public Academy for Performing Arts (PAPA) to celebrate the continued increase in college readiness of New Mexico’s students, with a key measure of student readiness improving dramatically. Since the implementation of Governor Martinez’ education reforms in 2012, the rate of college remediation has dropped by 17%, from 50% to 33% – the lowest remediation rate in New Mexico history. The success of K-12 education is often measured by remediation rates, or the average number of basic skills courses required for college students to pass before they take courses that count toward graduation. Remediation can lead to increased tuition costs for students and more time required to obtain their degree.
“Student achievement in New Mexico is at an all-time high and continuing to improve,” said Governor Martinez. “When you hold students to a higher standard, they rise to meet the challenge and now we have the highest graduation rates in New Mexico history, more students are reading and doing math at grade-level and we have the lowest remediation rate in our state’s history. It is my hope that New Mexico will continue to build on this success – it is what our students and families deserve.”
“We’ve worked really hard over the past eight years to raise the level of expectation for our students, to make sure that the K-12 system is adequately preparing them for success when they leave our schools”, said Public Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. “We’ve worked with teachers and leaders to adopt challenging college-ready standards and an assessment in Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) that truly measures a student’s progress toward being academically prepared for college. We’ve doubled access to Advanced Placement courses and dual credit opportunities and asked even more from our teachers to deliver for our students. You are seeing the results of that work now and it’s incredibly exciting for our state.”
In 2012, New Mexico’s Higher Education Department (HED) found 50 percent of all incoming college students required remediation. The most recently released numbers from HED show that in 2017, remediation rates had decreased to 33 percent. Since 2012, graduating from high school has become more challenging and requirements have become more rigorous, with a greater focus on competency. Evidence shows New Mexico students and teachers have risen to the challenge successfully.
Analysis from the New Mexico Public Education Department reveals a strong correlation between a student’s success on the state’s college-ready assessment, PARCC, and their need for remediation courses. A student who is proficient in mathematics on the PARCC exam has less than an 11 percent chance of needing remediation and one who is not proficient has over a 55 percent chance. Additionally, in English Language Arts (ELA), there is a 40 percent difference in likelihood for remediation between those proficient on PARCC and their peers.
New Mexico’s recent 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, the statewide graduation rate is at an all-time high of 71.1 percent, more teachers are earning Exemplary and Highly Effective ratings, and our college remediation rate is lower than ever before.