The State Board also made a move toward changing the timeframe for high school students to take standardized tests, and removing the college entrance exam as a high school graduation requirement.
The New Mexico policy is similar — but not identical — to Idaho state law. All Idaho high school students must take a college entrance exam of some kind, and they can take the SAT at taxpayer expense.
According to U.S. News and World Report, 55.2 percent of Idaho students hit benchmark scores on college-placement tests in 2017. But that math remains a mystery.
Last week, U.S. News and World Report ranked Idaho No. 5 in the nation for college readiness, and education leaders and Idaho Republicans were atwitter. But overall, Idaho’s education system earned mediocre marks.
Students are required to take standardized tests but not required to pass them. The scores will still be used to measure teacher performance and school quality.