Governor Martinez believes every child can learn and has focused on reforming education to help improve student achievement. New Mexico is spending a larger percentage of the state budget on public education in New Mexico than ever before, with requirements that more funding be used directly in the classroom, not on bureaucracy. Pre-K spending has been more than doubled under Governor Martinez.

High school graduation rates have increased to an all-time high of 71% in K-12 public schools, with graduation rates for Hispanic and low-income students growing at a faster rate than the rest of the state. Student performance on standardized tests have improved at an “unprecedented” rate with more New Mexico students than ever before reaching proficiency in reading and math.