ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - About 70 percent of New Mexico's public schools improved or maintained their letter grades this year, according to a Public Education Department report released Thursday.
High schools recorded the greatest improvement.
"High school showed some impressive gains with respect to school grades, and overall things are moving in the right direction in reference to our high schools," Gov. Susana Martinez said during a news conference announcing the results.
This is the second official release of school grades since New Mexico instituted the A-through-F grading system in 2011.
The grades depend heavily on test performance, graduation rates and other factors.
This year's results show 82 schools earned an A up from 40 last year. There were 224 B schools compared to 203 last year, and schools with a C dropped to 230 from 274 last year.
The number of D schools declined to 218 from 250 last year, and schools getting an F increased to 85 from 64.
The grading system covers the state's 839 elementary, middle and high schools.
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