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Complete Health Indicator Report of Public Education - High School Graduation Rate

Definition

The rate of students who began high school as a 9th grader and who then proceeded to graduate from high school 4 years later. In the case of transfers between school districts, a student's outcome was proportionally distributed among all school districts contributing to that student's outcome. The New Mexico Public Education Department calls this the Shared Accountability model.

Numerator

The number of students that graduated from high school on time in a given year. This number is the total of all students and student fractions (in the case of transfers) for high school graduates, aggregated for each school district.

Denominator

The total number of students. This number is a count of all students enrolled for any period of time during the 4 year period ending in the year shown.

Data Interpretation Issues

In 2008, the New Mexico Public Education Department implemented the first 4-year cohort graduation rate, where each student was tracked from 9th grade through 12th grade. Prior to that time, a senior completion method that tracked 12th grade students only was used. Because these different calculation methods produce significantly different results, comparison and interpretation of results from 2008 and subsequent years to results from previous years should be made with extreme caution.

Why Is This Important?

Education level is strongly related to health status for a variety of reasons. Education is associated with better earning potential and higher income which enables purchase of better housing in safer neighborhoods, healthier food, health insurance coverage and more timely medical care. Persons who have clear goals and a sense of control over their own lives tend to have both a higher education level and better health (Lachman & Weaner, 1998). Short-term health problems associated with not graduating from high school include substance use, pregnancy, and psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems. For adolescent females, teenage pregnancy is the leading reason for not graduating; an estimated 30% - 40% of female teenaged dropouts are mothers. Early parenting also affects young males who leave school to support a child. Mental illness and emotional disturbance also account for a significant proportion of students who don't graduate (Freudenberg & Ruglis, 2007).

Healthy People Objective: AH-5.1, Increase the proportion of students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade

U.S. Target: 82.4 percent

Other Objectives

New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI), New Mexico Early Learning Indicator


Related Indicators

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:




Graphical Data Views

New Mexico High School Graduation Rates by School District, New Mexico, 2016-2017 Four Year Cohort

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Includes only schools governed by a public school district, including district-authorized charters.
School DistrictGraduation RateNote
Record Count: 92
Alamogordo Public Schools76.1%
Albuquerque Public Schools67.9%
Animas Public Schools94.4%
Artesia Public Schools82.9%
Aztec Municipal Schools68.0%
Belen Consolidated Schools68.9%
Bernalillo Public Schools56.8%
Bloomfield Municipal Schools65.6%
Capitan Municipal Schools87.5%
Carlsbad Municipal Schools69.0%
Carrizozo Municipal Schools77.2%
Central Consolidated Schools67.5%
Chama Valley Independent Schools88.3%
Cimarron Public Schools79.2%
Clayton Public Schools79.2%
Cloudcroft Municipal Schools90.7%
Clovis Municipal Schools77.9%
Cobre Consolidated Schools94.1%
Corona Municipal Schools**
Cuba Independent Schools62.3%
Deming Public Schools67.0%
Des Moines Municipal Schools**
Dexter Consolidated Schools76.2%
Dora Consolidated Schools100.0%
Dulce Independent Schools83.7%
Elida Municipal Schools100.0%
Espanola Municipal Schools65.5%
Estancia Municipal Schools80.1%
Eunice Municipal Schools84.0%
Farmington Municipal Schools66.2%
Floyd Municipal Schools87.8%
Fort Sumner Municipal Schools88.1%
Gadsden Independent Schools81.7%
Gallup-Mckinley County Schools67.2%
Grady Municipal Schools98.4%
Grants-Cibola County Schools68.6%
Hagerman Municipal Schools82.9%
Hatch Valley Municipal Schools67.6%
Hobbs Municipal Schools86.1%
Hondo Valley Public Schools81.0%
House Municipal Schools41.3%
Jal Public Schools91.3%
Jemez Mountain Public Schools95.0%
Jemez Valley Public Schools59.5%
Lake Arthur Municipal Schools61.7%
Las Cruces Public Schools85.5%
Las Vegas City Public Schools72.6%
Logan Municipal Schools62.1%
Lordsburg Municipal Schools82.2%
Los Alamos Public Schools86.6%
Los Lunas Public Schools76.3%
Loving Municipal Schools84.9%
Lovington Public Schools81.0%
Magdalena Municipal Schools89.3%
Maxwell Municipal Schools82.3%
Melrose Public Schools79.7%
Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools81.0%
Mora Independent Schools73.1%
Moriarty Municipal Schools77.6%
Mosquero Municipal Schools**Data not available
Mountainair Public Schools60.7%
Pecos Independent Schools79.3%
Penasco Independent Schools79.1%
Pojoaque Valley Public Schools77.8%
Portales Municipal Schools77.2%
Quemado Independent Schools89.7%
Questa Independent Schools76.2%
Raton Public Schools77.9%
Reserve Independent Schools80.5%
Rio Rancho Public Schools82.0%
Roswell Independent Schools65.8%
Roy Municipal Schools**Data not available
Ruidoso Municipal Schools81.2%
San Jon Municipal Schools**Data not available
Santa Fe Public Schools68.9%
Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools88.4%
Silver City Consolidated Schools83.8%
Socorro Consolidated Schools63.7%
Springer Municipal Schools100.0%
Taos Municipal Schools68.3%
Tatum Municipal Schools96.0%
Texico Municipal Schools73.1%
Truth or Consequences Schools85.3%
Tucumcari Public Schools77.8%
Tularosa Municipal Schools64.1%
Vaughn Municipal Schools78.0%
Wagon Mound Public Schools**Data not available
West Las Vegas Public Schools72.4%
Zuni Public Schools55.0%
Childrens Psychiatry19.7%
All New Mexico Students84.0%U.S. value is from 2015-2016.
United States84.0%U.S. value is for the 2015-2016 school year.

Data Notes

These rates are calculated for students who graduated 4 years after entering high school as freshmen, called "4-year cohort". All students entering New Mexico public high schools, in any grade, become members of an on-time cohort. Graduates are students who graduate with a standard diploma. Students who get a GED or a Certificate of Completion are considered "non-graduates" in this computation of the graduation rate. All schools with any grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 receive a rate.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Public Education Department, Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe NM 87501. Phone: (505)827-5800. Website: www.ped.state.nm.us.
  • National Center for Education Statistics [https://nces.ed.gov]


New Mexico High School Graduation Rates by Year, New Mexico, 2008-2017

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School YearGraduation RateLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 10
2007-0854.0%53.5%54.5%19,151.6435,466
2008-0966.1%65.5%66.7%17,885.3427,058
2009-1067.3%66.7%67.9%17,827.7726,490
2010-1163.0%62.4%63.6%16,500.3326,191
2011-1270.4%69.8%71.0%18,371.5826,096
2012-1370.3%69.7%70.9%18,209.8125,903
2013-1469.3%68.7%69.9%17,442.8125,170
2014-1568.6%68.0%69.2%17,742.0225,863
2015-1671.0%70.4%71.6%18,407.4625,926
2016-1767.9%67.3%68.5%18,052.5726,587

Data Notes

These rates are calculated for students who graduated 4 years after entering high school as freshmen, called "4-year cohort". All students entering New Mexico public high schools, in any grade, become members of an on-time cohort. Graduates are students who graduate with a standard diploma. Students who get a GED or a Certificate of Completion are considered "non-graduates" in this computation of the graduation rate. All schools with any grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 receive a rate.


New Mexico High School Graduation Rates by County, New Mexico, 2016-2017 Four Year Cohort

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Includes schools governed by public school districts (including district-authorized charters) as well as state-authorized charters. County-level data were calculated by identifying and summarizing records from all schools located within each county, based only on those schools' physical locations (disregarding their school-district affiliation). The compiled county data therefore may not accurately reflect the actual county of residence of a given school's students. County graduation rates were calculated by multiplying the graduation rates of each high school by the number of enrolled 9th-grade students in each school for the school year four years prior (to estimate the ninth grade cohort for that graduation rate). The numerators (number of graduating students) and denominators (number of 9th-grade students) were then summed by county. Schools that did not report a graduation rate were excluded from county totals and rates. Schools with graduation rates that were suppressed by NMPED due to small numbers were excluded from county totals and rates.
CountyGraduation RateLower LimitUpper LimitNote
Record Count: 36
Bernalillo67.0%Excludes homebound, Corrales Int, Career Enrichment, Highland Center, Sequoyah, School of Excellence
Catron85.4%68.6%102.2%
Chaves67.0%64.1%69.8%Excludes: Chaves County Jdc
Cibola68.8%64.0%73.6%
Colfax81.5%74.9%88.2%
Curry75.2%72.9%77.6%Excludes: Homebound
De Baca88.1%73.9%102.3%
Dona Ana80.0%Excludes homebound, RTC, Alta Vista
Eddy74.5%71.9%77.2%Excludes: Grace House Prog Rtc, Homebound
Grant84.4%80.7%88.1%
Guadalupe86.0%75.6%96.4%
Harding**Excludes: Mosquero High, Roy High
Hidalgo85.4%77.3%93.6%
Lea81.1%79.0%83.3%Excludes: Lea County Jd Center
Lincoln79.6%74.7%84.4%Excludes: Corona High, Deming Secure School
Los Alamos86.6%82.6%90.6%
Luna70.9%66.3%75.5%
McKinley67.6%64.9%70.3%Excludes: Gallup Juvenile Detention
Mora68.5%55.4%81.7%Excludes: Wagon Mound High
Otero70.5%67.2%73.8%Excludes: NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Quay64.1%56.2%71.9%Excludes: San Jon High, Quay County Jdc
Rio Arriba73.0%68.6%77.5%Excludes: Homebound
Roosevelt80.5%75.8%85.2%
Sandoval79.3%77.4%81.2%Excludes: Homebound
San Juan68.2%66.2%70.2%Excludes: San Juan County Juvenile Service Center, Homebound
San Miguel74.3%69.3%79.3%Excludes: West Las Vegas Care
Santa Fe72.0%Excludes homebound, Engage, Penitentiary, School for the Deaf
Sierra85.3%78.6%92.0%
Socorro69.3%62.0%76.6%
Taos71.6%66.9%76.4%
Torrance79.4%75.3%83.6%Excludes: Estancia Valley Learning, Home School
Union63.8%48.1%79.5%Excludes: Des Moines High
Valencia74.7%72.4%77.0%Excludes: Homebound
New Mexico67.9%67.3%68.5%
U.S.84.0%U value is for the 2015-2016 school year..S.

Data Notes

These rates are calculated for students who graduated 4 years after entering high school as freshmen, called "4-year cohort". All students entering New Mexico public high schools, in any grade, become members of an on-time cohort. Graduates are students who graduate with a standard diploma. Students who get a GED or a Certificate of Completion are considered "non-graduates" in this computation of the graduation rate. All schools with any grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 receive a rate.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Public Education Department, Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe NM 87501. Phone: (505)827-5800. Website: www.ped.state.nm.us.
  • National Center for Education Statistics [https://nces.ed.gov]


New Mexico High School Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico, 2016-2017 Four Year Cohort

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Race/EthnicityGraduation RateLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 7
American Indian/Alaska Native54.6%52.8%56.4%1,6102,949
Asian/Pacific Islander83.3%79.9%86.7%388466
Black/African American65.8%62.1%69.5%420638
Hispanic75.5%74.8%76.2%12,10116,028
White65.2%64.0%66.4%4,2426,506
New Mexico67.9%67.3%68.5%18,052.5726,587
United States84.0%U.S. value is from 2015-2016.

Data Notes

These rates are calculated for students who graduated 4 years after entering high school as freshmen, called "4-year cohort". All students entering New Mexico public high schools, in any grade, become members of an on-time cohort. Graduates are students who graduate with a standard diploma. Students who get a GED or a Certificate of Completion are considered "non-graduates" in this computation of the graduation rate. All schools with any grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 receive a rate.

Data Source

New Mexico Public Education Department, Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe NM 87501. Phone: (505)827-5800. Website: www.ped.state.nm.us.


New Mexico High School Graduation Rates by Sex, New Mexico, 2016-2017 Four Year Cohort

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Sex: Males vs. FemalesYearGraduation RateLower LimitUpper LimitNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 22
Male200849.7%49.0%50.4%9,149.7718,410
Male200962.5%61.7%63.3%8,712.513,940
Male201062.8%62.0%63.6%8,537.6613,595
Male201158.6%57.8%59.4%7,872.9113,435
Male201265.8%65.0%66.6%8,832.3313,423
Male201365.9%65.1%66.7%8,766.6813,303
Male201464.8%64.0%65.6%8,296.9912,804
Male201564.6%63.9%65.4%8,627.9813,356
Male201667.0%66.2%67.8%8,84513,201
Male201763.1%62.3%63.9%8,57813,595
Female200858.6%57.9%59.3%9,994.8317,056
Female200970.0%69.2%70.8%9,182.613,118
Female201072.0%71.2%72.8%9,284.412,895
Female201167.8%67.0%68.6%8,648.5712,756
Female201275.3%74.6%76.0%9,542.7712,673
Female201374.9%74.1%75.7%9,437.412,600
Female201473.9%73.1%74.7%9,138.4712,366
Female201572.8%71.9%73.6%9,105.112,507
Female201676.0%75.3%76.7%9,67112,725
Female201773.1%72.3%73.9%9,49712,992

Data Notes

These rates are calculated for students who graduated 4 years after entering high school as freshmen, called "4-year cohort". All students entering New Mexico public high schools, in any grade, become members of an on-time cohort. Graduates are students who graduate with a standard diploma. Students who get a GED or a Certificate of Completion are considered "non-graduates" in this computation of the graduation rate. All schools with any grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 receive a rate.

Data Source

New Mexico Public Education Department, Jerry Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe NM 87501. Phone: (505)827-5800. Website: www.ped.state.nm.us.

References and Community Resources

See the New Mexico Public Education Department for additional data and other information about graduation rates and what is being done to improve education in New Mexico. Website: [www.ped.state.nm.us] References: Lachman ME, Weaver SL. The sense of control as a moderator of social class differences in health and well-being. _Journal of Personality and Social Psychology_, 1998 Mar;74(3):763-73. Freudenberg N, Ruglis J. Reframing school dropout as a public health issue. (Prev Chronic Dis 2007;4(4).

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

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