State officials: New Mexico has ‘work to do’ on grad rates

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico education officials say graduation numbers released by the federal government show that the state still has work to do.

Public Education spokesman Robert McEntyre says the state is investing in truancy and dropout prevention coaches and early warning systems to keep more kids in school. He says officials hope those program help improve rates in future years.

The U.S. Education Department said Monday that preliminary data indicate 36 states saw higher graduation rates for 2013-2014. However, New Mexico was one of only five states that saw declines.

McEntyre says New Mexico has made significant progress over the last several years and has one of the fastest growing graduation rates in the nation.

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