New Mexico officials tout increase in graduation rates

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New figures from the U.S. Education Department show New Mexico is among the states to see the most growth in high school graduation rates over a three-year period.

The state’s graduation rate increased from 63 percent during the 2010-11 school year to 70 percent in 2013. Only Alabama and Nevada saw higher growth rates during the period.

Nationally, the graduation rate reached a high of 81.4 percent in 2013.

State education officials said Wednesday that New Mexico’s graduation rates included advances among Hispanic, American Indian and black students.

State Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera says she’s encouraged by the progress but that three out of every 10 students who enroll still don’t graduate from high school.

She says her focus remains on increasing opportunities for students.

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