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Martinez: NM high school grad rate up 7 points

January 24, 2013 • State News

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s 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, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday.

Speaking in front of students from Rio Rancho High School, Martinez called the seven-point spike a “mile marker” and said the improvement in just a year’s time was evidence that New Mexico schools could provide the needed services to help students graduate.

“While we have a long way to go … I do believe the schools all across our state have taken on the challenge of keeping our young people in high school,” Martinez said. Login to read more

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