NYC schools boast record high-school graduation rate in 2017

Marie Harrington
February 8, 2018

Nearly three-quarters of students at New York City high schools are graduating in four years, according to statistics released Wednesday by the city. But Asian and black students saw the highest gains in graduation rates over previous year.

"New York's graduation rate continues its steady, upward trend", Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said in a statement. In 2015, Idaho's graduation rate ranked No. 39.

Idaho's virtual schools posted some of Idaho's lowest graduation rates.

"We see the school system providing a really, really rigorous education to students and we don't see anything that tells us that there is anything but great work going on", Weinberg said Wednesday.

Graduation rates rose across all ethnic and racial groups - but wide achievement gaps persisted, according to the data.

Building on their Equity and Excellence for All initiatives, the mayor and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said they hoped to ensure that 80 percent of students graduate high school on time and two-thirds of graduates are college-ready by 2026. Meanwhile, the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recently adopted by the State Education Department will allow us to account for student success on a more granular level. She said it is close to 20-percentage points.

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Just 70% of black students and 68.3% of Hispanic students graduated by August 2017, compared with 83.2% of white students.

"New York City is showing that when we invest in our students, they rise to the challenge and do better and better", de Blasio said at a press conference to announce the grad rates at South Bronx Preparatory High School. While Asian students had the lowest dropout rate at 4 percent and the highest graduation rate at 87.5 percent. Additionally, Extended Learning Time Programs, Summer School options, and Community School Saturday Academies - through a strong partnership with Say Yes Buffalo - all serve to build a culture of success and increase learning for a child from pre-school into high school.

There was no change in the percentage of students who dropped out from 2016 to 2017.

The state's rate has ticked up each of the past five years, steadily increasing from 74.9 percent in 2013 after remaining flat at 74 percent in 2011 and 2012.

The dropout rate was 12 percent for economically disadvantaged students compared to 4 percent for students who aren't economically disadvantaged. They also posted the highest gain from past year with a 1.8-point hike.

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