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Posted January 16, 2017

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The 2016 graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools improved by more than 4 percentage points.

The graduation rate for Albuquerque Public Schools jumped more than 4 percentage points, from 61.7 percent in 2015 to 66 percent for the Class of 2016, according to statistics released by the New Mexico Public Education Department Monday. 

“The hard work and dedication of our students and staff are paying off,” said APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy. “It feels like we’ve caught a wave of momentum in our schools and community, and while we’re not anywhere near where we want to be, we’re moving in the right direction. I know APS, and I’m confident the hard work will continue.”

The data showed encouraging progress in APS’ relentless effort to close the achievement gap. All demographic groups saw improved graduation rates, with the greatest gains made by English Language Learners, economically disadvantaged and Hispanic students.

Demographic Gains

  • Caucasian students, up 3.4 percentage points to 72 percent
  • African American students, up 2.7 percentage points to 54 percent
  • Hispanic students, up 6 percentage points to 66 percent
  • Asian students, up 5.5 percentage points to 80 percent
  • American Indian students, up 1.5 percentage points to 47 percent
  • Economically Disadvantaged students, up 6.2 percentage points to 61 percent
  • Students with Disabilities, up 2.4 percentage points to 62 percent
  • English Language Learns, up 8 percentage points to 61 percent.

All but two APS high schools saw an increase in their graduation rate, with seven schools improving by seven or more percentage points including the state’s largest high school, Atrisco Heritage Academy, which improved by 9.5 percentage points. Other schools that made great gains include Manzano, up by 8.4 percentage points; West Mesa, up by 7.9; and Highland – one of the most diverse schools in the state – up by 8.8. The only high schools that saw a slip in their graduation rates were Sandia, down 2.3 percentage points, and Early College Academy, down 1.9 percentage points.

High School Graduation Rates

APS High School

2015 rate  

2016 rate

Difference

Albuquerque High

66.9

70

3.1

Atrisco Heritage Academy

60.5

70

9.5

Cibola High

72.1

75

2.9

College and Career

92.9

More than 90

*

Del Norte High

52.4

55

2.6

Early College Academy

85.9

84

-1.9

Ecademy

17.6

23

5.4

Eldorado High

73.5

78

4.5

Freedom High

41.2

49

7.8

Highland High

49.2

58

8.8

La Cueva High

81.4

85

3.6

Manzano High

62.6

71

8.4

New Futures

25.5

29

3.5

Nex Gen Academy

64.2

70

5.8

Rio Grande High

58.7

66

7.3

Sandia High

76.3

74

-2.3

School On Wheels

30.7

48

17.3

Valley High

65

67

2

Volcano Vista High

75.3

80

4.7

West Mesa High

59.1

67

7.9

*The PED didn't provide an exact graduation rate for College and Career High School. 

The 66 percent graduation rate includes APS authorized charter schools. At this time the data isn’t available to extract charters from the district graduation rate. APS has limited academic oversight over charter schools, and its graduation rate is typically several percentage points higher when charters are extracted.

 

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