Only the District of Columbia had a lower high school graduation rate.
New Mexico’s high school graduation rate slipped by nearly two percentage points in the 2013-14 school year and the state now has the lowest rate among the states, according to figures released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education.
The state’s four-year high school graduation rate fell to 68.5 percent, down from 70.3 percent in the 2012-13 school year. That put New Mexico dead last among the states. Only the District of Columbia had a lower high school graduation rate at 61.4 percent.
Thirty-six states saw graduation rate gains for the 2013-14 school year, eight showed no improvement, and five had declines. Nationally, the four-year high school graduation rate was 81 percent.
The graduation rates in New Mexico dropped for all five of the state’s major racial groups—Native Americans, Asians, Blacks, Hispanics and Whites.
Spokespeople for Gov. Susana Martinez’s office and the New Mexico Public Education Department were not immediately available for comment.