If you think New Mexico’s public school system is just fine and doesn’t need sweeping reforms, consider these college readiness statistics.
According to ACT’s annual report, this year’s average score for New Mexico high school graduates who took the company’s college readiness assessment was 19.9 out of a possible 36. The national average was 21.
But that’s not the worst news about our performance on the ACT, which is widely used by colleges and universities, especially in this part of the country, as a significant factor in deciding who is admitted. Some students instead take the SAT or both tests.
According to ACT, about 69 percent of New Mexico’s 2014 graduating class of 12,945 students took the test. That comes to about 8,930 students, and in a positive note, this number exceeds the national average of 57 percent.