Real Dropout Rates


Our Efforts:

New Mexico is committed to increasing the number of high school students who are graduating college and career ready. By implementing the Common Core, we will prepare more students for future success.

Currently, far too many New Mexico students drop out or graduate from high school without the knowledge or skills required for success in the 21st century workplace and/or post-secondary education. In 2010, over 20% of New Mexico high school student’s dropped out of high school. High school dropouts in New Mexico face a 13% unemployment rate and earn an average income of $11,426. Now nearly every good job requires some certification, license, apprenticeship, associate's degree or more. Dropping out of high school is no longer an option.

Of those students who do graduate, many are not prepared for success in college and career. In New Mexico, close to 50% of recent high school graduates enroll in remediation in their freshman year of college; and nationwide, 41% of employers are dissatisfied with high school graduates' ability to read and understand written material.

New Mexico's college and career ready graduation requirements must provide students with the strong preparation needed to open doors after high school and keep them open in the future.


Our Goals:

New Mexico has committed to increasing the number of students who graduate in 4 years to 67%. This target is approved for federal accountability requirements and reporting.

To ensure that more students graduate from high school college and career ready, New Mexico is focusing on graduation rates, as well as key indicators of future success in college and career as part of the A-F School Grading Initiative. These indicators include AP coursework, the ACT, PSAT, and SAT, as well as nationally certified career technical courses and hold schools accountable for student learning and preparation for lifelong success. Finally, New Mexico will also implement the Common Core State Standards as way to prepare all students to compete in a global economy.


Make a Difference:

Encouraging New Mexico students to stay engaged in both academic and extracurricular activities will increase the likelihood that students graduate on time and ready for college or career.

Research indicates that encouraging students to stay engaged in both academic and extracurricular activities will increase the likelihood that students graduate on time and ready for college or career. It is the responsibility of all adults in New Mexico to support and encourage our high school students to stay engaged and prepare for success after graduation.


New Mexico Data:

* New Mexico implemented its first 4-year cohort graduation rate in 2009, transitioning to the National Governors Association (NGA) cohort computation method. The cohort consists of all students who were first-time freshmen four years earlier and who graduated by August 1 of their 4th year. Additionally, cohorts are tracked for one additional year past their expected year of graduation, yielding a 5-year graduation rate. The 4-year rate is utilized for annual school and district accountability.

*Completers - Completed coursework but did not pass exit exam
**Dropped Out - Dropped out or status unknown
***Exit Out - Exited out to get a GED or vocational credential
****Still Enrolled - Still enrolled after the 4th year; required extra time to graduate


National Data:





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