Legislation That Ends Failed Policy Of Social Promotion Passes Education Committee

Rep. Monica Youngblood


  • Bill Provides Intervention For Struggling Students To Help Catch Up To Peers

SANTA FE — Legislation that would end the failed policy of social promotion cleared the House Education Committee today. Social promotion passes kids onto the next grade even when they cannot read.

Among other things, the bill would help teachers identify struggling readers and provide them with the targeted instruction they need to catch up to their peers. The bill will now go to the House floor.

Rep. Nora Espinoza

“Improving our schools and helping struggling students learn continues to be one of our top priorities. In recent years, we have made some incredible strides in education, with New Mexico now number one in the nation when it comes to improving graduation rates,” said Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Bernalillo, a sponsor of the bill. “But we still have a lot of work to do. We can start by ending the failed policy of social promotion that passes our children onto the next grade even when they are unprepared.”

The bill also emphasizes parental involvement. For example, once a struggling reader is identified, parents are given strategies to help their child improve his or her reading skills.

Studies show that students are four times more likely to drop out if they are unable to read proficiently by the third grade. One study found that 88 percent of high school dropouts were not proficient readers in the third grade. 

New Mexicans overwhelmingly support ending the failed policy of social promotion. A recent Albuquerque Journal poll found that 74 percent of New Mexicans want to see it gone. Previous social promotion bills have passed both chambers by large bi-partisan margins at various times.

“I look forward to this legislation coming to the House floor,” said Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Chavez and Lincoln, a sponsor of the bill. “The people have spoken, and they want our students to come first.”