New Mexico

College and Career Ready Definitions
New Mexico has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years)
  • Participation in advanced course work, including AP or IB classes or dual enrollment
  • Performance in advanced course work, including AP or IB exams and dual enrollment course grades
  • Participation in college entry exams such as SAT or ACT
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Participation in PSAT or ACT Aspire
  • Performance on PSAT or ACT Aspire
  • Participation in and performance on SAT subject tests
  • Career preparedness participation, including completing career and technical education classes or WorkKeys assessments and participating in job training
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Higher Education Department Annual Reports2
Perkins Consolidated Annual Reports
School Fact Sheets4
SAT Subject Test1
Dual-credit enrollment2
SAM school supplemental participation (CTE certification)1
CTE participation1
CTE concentrators3
Students reaching targeted level of skill attainment3
Students completing3
Students graduating3
Students entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation3
Habitually truant4
Promotion rate1
Dropout rate4
Graduates taking remedial classes in math or reading in New Mexico colleges2
1. New Mexico Public Education Department. (n.d.). All school listing. Retrieved from 
2. New Mexico Higher Education Department. (2015). NM postsecondary fall 13 enrollment. Santa Fe, NM: Author. Retrieved from
3. New Mexico Public Education Department. (n.d.). Perkins consolidated annual report. Retrieved from
4. New Mexico Public Education Department. (n.d.). School fact sheets. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

New Mexico’s state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school or a postsecondary institution. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

New Mexico is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

New Mexico has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and is implementing seven Career Clusters. “To address New Mexico’s students’ preparation for postsecondary engagement, educational and training opportunities are delivered through a system that has identified seven Career Clusters.”

The modified Career Clusters include:

  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Business Services
  • Communications and Information
  • Energy and Environmental Technologies
  • Engineering, Construction, Manufacturing, and Agriculture
  • Health and Biosciences
  • Hospitality and Tourism

New Mexico is currently implementing programs of study that correspond with its modified Career Cluster areas.


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). New Mexico [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In New Mexico, the purpose of the Next Step Plan (NSP) is to target the student's postsecondary interests and set forth the studies he or she will complete during high school in order to be on track for graduation. New Mexico's NSP is mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grades 9–12.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:

4.0 (including Algebra II or above)

4.0 (including Algebra I or above)

Social Studies Credits:

3.5 (U.S. history and geography [1.0], world history and geography[1.0], government [0.5], economics [0.5], and New Mexico history [0.5])

3.0 (including U.S. history)

Science Credits:


3.0 (including one course with laboratory experience in biology, chemistry, or physics)

Foreign Language Credits:

1.0 (students may substitute with career cluster or workplace-readiness course)


Arts Credits:

None specified (N/S)


Additional Credits:

8.5 (including physical education [1.0])


Total Credits:




New Mexico State 11th Grade Standards Based Graduation Assessment

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


New Mexico Public Education Department

University of New Mexico





Early Warning Systems
New Mexico may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.