Publication date: October 2017
In 2009, New Mexico adopted more rigorous high school math and science requirements as well as a new graduation exam aligned with the new state standards. Students graduating in 2013 were required to take Algebra II and two lab science courses rather than one. The Class of 2012 was the first to take the new exam, although the exam was not used for graduation until 2013.
REL Southwest and the New Mexico Public Education Department teamed up to learn how American Indian and Hispanic students are faring under the new requirements. The study looked at exam performance and Algebra II and lab science enrollment from 2011 to 2015, before and after the changes in 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 coursetaking and exam performance.
Research alliance sponsor: New Mexico Achievement Gap
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