New York High-School Graduation Rates Rise

High school grad rates up statewide down in Schenectady

NY state graduation rates rose slightly from 79.7 percent in June 2016 to 80.2 percent last June.

Jamestown High School's graduation rate was 76 percent with a 15 percent dropout rate in 2017, with both numbers the same as 2016. Ybarra's opponent in the May 15 Republican primary, Wilder School District Superintendent Jeff Dillon, said "we can do better".

State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia highlighted Yonkers' My Brother's Keeper efforts in her call with reporters Wednesday, referring to the initiative started by President Barack Obama in 2014.

Students in poorer urban districts also continue to lag behind.

"We see incremental improvements across the state, holding onto last year's gains and slowly building upon them. And that's good news".

"Troubling gaps in achievement persist, and we must accelerate the pace of improvement", Elia said. The Boise School District's graduation rate was 82.9 percent. In 2016, Idaho's graduation rate ranked No. 40 in the nation; the national average was a record 84.1 percent.

In Rochester, district leaders said the 4.2 percent bump, the largest among urban districts, shows the district is "beginning to disrupt patterns of failure by keeping focus on every student by face and name to and through graduation". The others held steady.

New York City posted a 71 percent graduation rate, up from 70 percent a year earlier.

While dropout rates did fall across the board - none by more than 1% - the racial disparities seen in graduation rates were mirrored here as well.




"By the time they get to third grade, they're struggling", Laurrie said. Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse make up the other large city school districts around the state.

"Staying the course is not going to work for Idaho", Dillon said.

The newly-released four-year graduation rates show the state what became of students who began as freshmen in 2013 and whether they graduated with a diploma, earned an equivalency degree or dropped out of school. That's compared with 80 percent of black and 63 percent of Hispanic or Latino students. The overall graduation rate slid up to 80.2%, which is up 0.5 percent from 79.7 percent for the 2012 cohort.

But black and Hispanic kids continued to graduate at lower rates than their white peers.

There also remains a stark difference in the graduation rates between students' economic background both in Chautauqua County and throughout NY state. That's down slightly from the prior year.

The dropout rate was 12 percent for economically disadvantaged students compared to 4 percent for students who aren't economically disadvantaged.

Schools were closed Wednesday due to snow and district officials could not be reached for comment.

The city's graduation rate also improved and dropout rate fell across all ethnicities, but disparity among ethnicities remained.

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