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Governor Martinez Touts Gains, Emphasizes Critical Work Remains on Early Childhood Literacy

During yesterday’s state of the state address, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez emphasized how the state’s dedication to education reform has led to increases in students reaching grade level for math and reading, graduation rates and access to Advanced Placement courses, among other gains.

Governor Martinez acknowledged that success is never final and challenged lawmakers and education leaders to take steps to ensure that students are reading at grade level when they finish third grade.

“A child who can read at grade level early on is more likely to go to high school, graduate, go to college and be able to provide for their families. Ninety-six percent of third graders who cannot read are being passed onto the next grade … It’s time to empower parents and teachers to give kids the support they deserve to read and succeed.” – New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

We thank Governor Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera for their leadership and their continuing efforts to ensure every New Mexico student has a bright future.

To read Governor Martinez’s full remarks, click here.

To learn more about the importance of K-3 reading programs, visit ExcelinEd’s Policy Library.



J. Alex Kelly
Vice President of Advocacy