New Mexico - Public Education Department



Ensuring students are prepared for college and/or the workforce after high school graduation is critical to the future of New Mexico’s competitiveness.  New Mexico Graduates Now! is a multi-faceted proposal that seeks to replicate and expand proven models, as well as use data to identify students at risk for dropping out and support them to ensure they graduate from high school college and/or career ready.  One piece of the New Mexico Graduates Now! initiative is the expansion of Advanced Placement.

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students.  There are 34 AP courses offered, ranging from Chemistry, to Calculus, to Psychology, to Spanish.
AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows:

  • 5 – Extremely well qualified
  • 4 – Well qualified
  • 3 – Qualified
  • 2 – Possibly qualified
  • 1 – No recommendation

Students that score a 3, 4, or 5 receive college credit for the corresponding class.

New Mexico, in partnership with the College Board, will be working to expand access to AP to students across New Mexico. The chart below will provide district-level information related to current access to AP for our students. It shows how many students have the potential to score a 3 or higher on an AP exam if they take a course.  In many instances, students are prepared for, but are not even provided with the opportunity to take an AP course.


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