Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal
In what Superintendent Veronica García called a “turning point,” Santa Fe Public Schools’ graduation rate surpassed the statewide rate for the first time in three years.
The statistics are already a year old, based on data from the four-year cohort ending during the 2018-19 school year. That is, the figures represent the percentage of incoming freshmen during the 2014-15 school year to graduate in 2019.
The graduation rates released by the state Public Education Department on Monday showed that SFPS’s graduation rate was 78.1% – a jump of more than 5 percentage points – compared to the statewide average of 74.8%. That’s an improvement of more than 10 percentage points since 2014-15.
“This is a major turning point and upholds what we have long known – that our strategies to graduate students who are ready for college or careers are on target,” García said in a news release. “These strategies are built on our unwavering conviction that all students can learn and succeed when provided with rigorous expectations and engaging curricula.”
It was Capital High School’s turn to out-do its rival on the performance measure. Capital High’s graduation rate was 78.1%, compared to 76.7% for Santa Fe High. The schools have traded positions each year since 2015-16.
Mandela International Magnet School had an 88.1% graduation rate, while Academy at Larragoite’s rate was 70.9%.
Overall, a higher rate of females in SFPS graduated, 83.9%, than males, 72.4%.
The SFPS news release notes that the district exceeded the state average with graduation rates for Hispanic, Native American, economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities. But students in these categories still graduate at a lower rate than the district average, ranging from 68.8% for students with disabilities to 76.9% for Hispanic students.
“Like the state and nation, we continue to see lower graduation rates in these student populations,” García said. “We know that we can, and will, close graduation gaps between student groups in our district and improve student performance. Our commitment is for all students to have the same equitable opportunity to learn.”