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NEW MEXICO - New Mexico schools are not getting good grades from the Public Education Department.
It says 69 percent of those schools didn't improve a state established goal to improve student performance.
More than 560 schools failed to make adequate yearly process, up slightly from last year.
Despite that, the department said there is improved student proficiency in math, reading, and science.
On the down side, the graduation rate shows 54 percent of students who entered the 9th grade had graduated from high school in four years.
The national average is 70 percent.