On the heels of Governor Susana Martinez's announcement that her "New Mexico Graduates Now" program will expand access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses to thousands of students, a national report says few New Mexico students are taking advantage of the opportunity to earn free college credits.
The ninth annual "AP Report to the Nation" showed fewer than 19 percent of New Mexico graduates took AP exams in many districts, with that number falling below one percent in some districts.
Under Governor Martinez's "New Mexico Graduates Now" program, AP courses would be expanded to thousands of students.
Recent results show 5,500 New Mexico students would likely succeed in AP courses even though only 2,100 currently do so. Governor Martinez has proposed $2.5 million to help train more teachers in AP and expand the program to more areas of New Mexico.
Currently, New Mexico ranks 36th in the nation in AP achievement, with just 12.3% of New Mexico students earning a passing score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam before leaving high school.