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NYC schools boast record high-school graduation rate in 2017

08 February 2018

The city's school-graduation rate ticked up slightly previous year to its highest level in recorded history, according to new state data.

The dropout rate for students was 7.8 percent, a 0.6 reduction over 2016.

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The overall picture was one of small but steady increases across most sub-groups of students and districts, continuing a trend that has pushed the statewide graduation rate up 11 percentage points from where it was 10 years ago.

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

"We are seeing growth in many of our big five districts", Commissioner Elia stated. "While it's welcome news that our graduation rate is moving in a positive direction, unacceptable gaps in achievement persist".

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City Education Department officials wouldn't provide any data on the use of credit-recovery programs that may have influenced the city's graduation rates.

The graduation rate for white students in the county decreased three percent to 85 percent while the dropout rate remained at 6 percent.

"Our graduation and dropout rates continue to improve steadily and show that we're on the right track", Farina said in a prepared statement.

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The Lewiston School District recorded a 95.4 percent rate, the highest among larger districts with cohort sizes exceeding 300 students.

This gap has narrowed in recent years, but still remains around 20 percentage points.

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 past year. That's compared with 80 percent of black and 63 percent of Hispanic or Latino students.

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High school students are also seeing unprecedented District support through Virtual Academies, the promise of a college scholarship through our Say Yes partnership, and via our eight New Innovative High Schools. "These represent critical equity issues as state education leaders continue to explore changes in graduation pathways and focus on strategies to ensure quality instruction to help every student graduate ready for college and careers", Ian Rosenblum, Executive Director of The Education Trust-New York. "And that will result in greater numbers of students graduating, regardless of their race, ethnicity, wealth, disability status or any other basis".

NYC schools boast record high-school graduation rate in 2017