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Standards have been adopted as to how to define graduation rates the same way for each US state. The first year using the new definition is reported on this document. Needless to say, NM did not fare well.

BTW, this new definition doesn’t count a GED, or someone who takes more than 4 years after first entering HS to graduate, as part of the “graduated” number.

Hard to read all the way across, but if you do for NM, one notices that the Limited English Proficiency numbers, of which there are a lot in NM, are much better relatively than the overall graduation rate. NM overall rate is with the other bottom dwellers at 63%…

For LEP, California is 60 and NM is 56.
New York is 46 and Texas is 58…

I’m going to guess that some states have a few major ethnic groups, while other states may have some immigrants from most every country in the world. That might account for NY low number. Hard to address so many different native languages when doing ESL?

Kris Replies:

Texas is interesting since it is above 80% in all categories except LEP (58%). With similar demos as NM…what gives?

John Replies:

Logically, one might conclude Texas isn’t putting the $$ support into the LEP students that’s needed….which I’m also guessing are mostly hispanic/ latino in TX. As here, there’s probably a large number of immigrant children who are fully ESL…and maybe also way behind on grade level for various reasons. In Texas, the immigrants and hispanics may be a much smaller proportion of the overall school age population than in NM, which is high majority hispanic.