ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico had the lowest high school graduation rate in the country during the 2013-2014 academic year, according to a new report.
Data from the annual Building a Grad Nation survey shows that only 68.5 percent of the state’s high school students earned a diploma that year, well below the 82.3 percent national average.
The Land of Enchantment has slid in the analysis, created by Washington, D.C., research firm Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
New Mexico was second lowest in the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, coming in just ahead of Oregon. In 2014, the state tied for second worst with a trio of other low performers – Alaska, Oregon and Georgia – but bested Nevada.