Publication date: October 2017
In 2009, New Mexico adopted more rigorous high school mathematics and science course requirements as well as a new graduation exam. Students graduating in 2013 were required to take Algebra II and two lab science courses rather than one, and the new exam aligned with the state’s new standards. The Class of 2012 (those students who began Grade 9 in 2008–09) was the first to take the new exam, although exam results were not used as a graduation requirement until 2013.
REL Southwest and the New Mexico Public Education Department collaborated to learn how American Indian and Hispanic students are faring under the new requirements. The study descriptively examined students’ performance on the new exam over time, their enrollment in Algebra II and lab sciences, and related graduation outcomes. This REL Southwest report presents student outcomes for the classes of 2011 through 2015, which covers the period before and after the changes in high school graduation requirements.
By better understanding the extent to which students are successfully completing advanced courses across demographic groups, educators can focus on those student subgroups where improvement is needed in enrollment, persistence, and completion of advanced courses. This study provides a baseline on which to compare future course-taking and exam performance.
Research alliance sponsor: New Mexico Achievement Gap
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