ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The country's education chief is going to make a stop in Albuquerque to talk about how Albuquerque schools can get better.
Arnie Duncan is coming to New Mexico and several other states as a part of a back-to-school tour.
Education officials say that the meeting could help spark positive changes.
Secretary of Public Education Designate Hanna Skandera says she has worked closely with Duncan over the years. She calls him a great advocate for students and reform.
Student achievement in New Mexico has been ranked among the lowest in the nation, but schools seem to be on a path to betterment.
Skandera says just this past year, the percentage of high school juniors performing at grade level was the highest the state has ever seen with an improvement of nearly 21 percent.
“I just look forward to our conversation about ways we can continue to work together and see real change for our state and put kids first, behind politics," said Hanna Skandera.
Skandera says the way to keep pushing students to succeed is to continue raising the bar and to assess improvements with more than test scores.
Another big step for Albuquerque schools was an increased graduation rate from 2011 to 2012, with a jump from 63 percent to 73 percent.
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