Graduation Rate Made Little Progress, State Says

Fowler High School graduates at the 2016 commencement ceremony at Onondaga Community College

Fowler High School graduates at the 2016 commencement ceremony at Onondaga Community College

The district graduation rate - which includes students who don't attend the high school - was at 57 percent in June, down from 62 percent the year before.

High school graduation rates increased slightly across New York in 2017 - to 80.2 percent, up from 79.7 percent in 2016, according to data released Wednesday by the New York State Department of Education.

"If we are going to make NY City the fairest big city in America, it starts with giving our kids the education we deserve, and we are executing that vision every day", de Blasio said.

The Bronx had the lowest graduation rate and the highest dropout rate in 2017, while Queens saw the largest improvement in graduation and dropout rates previous year.

But Elia noted that "troubling gaps in achievement persist", such as the difference between wealthy and poor districts and white students compared to minority students.


The data also shows the number of students who received each type of diploma and the number of dropouts in each district.

The Rochester City School District released a statement saying that it has achieved its highest graduation rate in more than a decade.

"We see incremental improvements across the state, holding onto last year's gains and slowly building on them", Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said in a prepared statement.

Elia says equity also continues to be a problem. The Bronx saw the largest percentage increase, 1.4%, while Staten Island saw the smallest, 0.8%.

Rochester still ranked lowest in the state among the Big 5 districts at a graduate rate of 51.9 percent, but that was up 4.2 percentage points from the prior year. She said it is close to 20-percentage points. The city said that across every borough and ethnicity, the graduation rate rose and the dropout rate declined. "The fact that we could move the graduation rate up 8 points in just four years shows how much more is possible going forward".

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