Local schools looking to increase graduation rates

Posted at: 05/13/2013 7:15 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

This week, thousands of high schoolers across the state make their way across the stage for graduation. It's a time to celebrate, but also a time to remember that most recent statistics show about 30 percent of New Mexico high schoolers aren't graduating. Even so, local districts and the state are working to change that.

Both Albuquerque Public Schools and the entire state have seen increases in the number of high school graduates. From 2011 to 2012 APS saw a three percent increase in graduates, and in 2012 were up to 70.1 percent not including charter schools.

The superintendent wants to get that number to 75 percent by 2015. To do so, APS has pushed programs focusing individual attention on students' specific needs. For high achieving students that might otherwise be distracted, it means AP courses that focus their attention on the future; for students in the middle of their class academically, it means the AVID program. The state is also analyzing data to determine what factors affect dropout rates.