NM grad rate jumps after students get break from exam

Posted at: 01/29/2013 10:17 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico high school class lauded last week for increased graduation rates was not required to take a high stakes exit exam.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a bill passed and signed in spring 2011 gave students a one-year reprieve from a difficult exit test.

Last week, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico's 2012 four-year high school graduation rate jumped to 70 percent just a year after federal data showed the state's 63 percent rate was one of the worst in the nation.

Martinez said the improvement in just a year's time was evidence that New Mexico schools could provide the needed services to help students graduate.

State officials downplayed the test difference and said the graduation gains were genuine.

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