New Mexico

New Mexico

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About New Mexico

About New Mexico

New Mexico has a Department of Education, a State Commission, and a State Secretary of Education. The State Commission consists of 10 members who are elected to 4-year terms.

Education law

Education law and structure

Education law

  • State Commission Members: 10 members; Elected; 4-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Commission; State Secretary of Education

Education Leadership

Education leadership

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Education Stats And Facts

  • The New Mexico Public Education Department reports that 331,636 students are enrolled in the public school system. The attendance rate is 83%, and graduation rates have stayed roughly the same over the past few years: 74% of students graduate in four years, 76% in five, and 78% in six. Out of parents and students surveyed, 41 out of 50 believe their school is a good place to learn.

    New Mexico has limited open enrollment policies for districts, but if families live close to a low-performing school, they may send their child to a different school inside or outside of their district. If families want other public school options, they may send their children to a charter or magnet school. Currently, New Mexico has over 90 charter schools with more than 25,000 students enrolled.

    As for alternatives to public school, New Mexico has several private schools to choose from, which may offer a religious education or a specialized curriculum. New Mexico private schools charge tuition, and there are no state-run scholarships for school choice. Private scholarships may be available. Families can also homeschool their children, in which case they must notify the state of their intent.



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