NY graduation rate up slightly in 2016

NY graduation rate up slightly in 2016

NY graduation rate up slightly in 2016

New York City's graduation rate increased by more than 2 percentage points a year ago, to 72.6 percent.

While the overall graduation rate has improved, students with disabilities and those learning English continue to struggle with graduating in four years.

"The high schools here today deserve the praise they are receiving for achieving a 90 percent or higher graduation rate".

The 70 high schools represent 60 percent of the 116 high schools in West Virginia.

In New York City, the proportion of English language learners who started high school in 2012 and graduated in August dropped by almost 10 percent - from 40.5 percent in 2015 to 30.8 percent a year ago.

Schodack had the highest graduation rate at 97 percent, followed by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Galway and Schuylerville, which all tied at 95 percent.

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State education officials applauded the improvements, but said schools still have a long way to go, especially to close achievement gaps.

Pick up Saturday's Times Union for an in-depth analysis of Capital Region graduation rates. Click through the data to find out the kinds of diplomas each school handed out and how many students dropped out. West Seneca East improved its graduation rate by 7 percentage points and West Seneca West by 5 points. Black and white students' rates are both around 64 percent, white Latino students trail at 48 percent.

Kim Sweet, who leads the non-profit group Advocates for Children, said she was "alarmed" by the numbers for English language learners.

De Blasio also said the dropout rate fell to the lowest ever - 8.5 percent.

Data shows more students in West Virginia are graduating from high school when compared to previous years, according to a news release from the state board. A recent report from New York City comptroller Scott Stringer showed that many New York City high school graduates (currently just under half of high school grads) were not deemed college ready, meaning they would have to take remediation in math or reading before moving on to college level courses.

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