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N.M. Graduation Rates Improve Slightly

New Mexico’s graduation rate improved slightly last year, but the state still ranks among the lowest in the country.

The New Mexico Public Education Department said Wednesday that the statewide graduation average was 67.3 percent last year, up 1.2 percent from 2009.

On Tuesday, Education Week ranked New Mexico 49 out of 51 in the country, with only DC and Nevada ranking below New Mexico. That report also shows New Mexico lost, on average, 71 students per school day. Looking at a 10 year average, the publication says, New Mexico improved its graduation rate by 1.2 percent, compared to a national average improvement of 6.1 percent

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said the report makes it clear that New Mexico needs education reform as soon as possible.



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