SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico students have shown achievement gains in math, reading and graduation rates since 2003, but the state still ranks near the bottom nationally on quality of education measures, a new report shows.
New Mexico ranked 49th in the U.S. – ahead of only Nevada and Mississippi – in Quality Counts 2016, an annual report issued by the Education Week Research Center. The state scored an overall grade of D, which is unchanged from last year, when the state also ranked 49th.
Fourth- and eighth-grade students scored among the lowest math and reading test scores in the nation in 2015, even though student scores showed marked improvement over the last 12 years, the report found.
“When we look at reading and math scores, we see that New Mexico is near the bottom on current performance,” said Sterling Lloyd, senior research associate at the Education Week Research Center. “But when we look at achievement gains, New Mexico is doing fairly well over time.”