Report: NM has nation's worst high school graduation rate

Blair Miller
May 11, 2016 10:24 PM

A new national report says New Mexico has the worst graduation rate in the country.

The report, Building a Grad Nation, looked at data from the 2013-14 school year and shows New Mexico's graduation rate statewide sits at 68.5 percent – more than 13 percentage points behind the national average.


The report also shows that more than 40 percent of state high schools graduate less than 68 percent of students. Only Alaska fell into the same category.

Iowa holds the title for the state with the best high school graduation rate, at 90.5 percent.

Data from the national Education Department shows rates from that school year were up in 36 states. But New Mexico was among five states that declined.

Data for the class of 2014-15 released by the New Mexico Public Education Department show that since the current administration's first full year in charge, graduation rates in the state have slipped by 1.8 percent.

Our news partners at The Santa Fe New Mexican have crunched more of the data from the Building a Grad Nation report. Their story can be read here.


Blair Miller

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