NY graduation rate inches up to 79 percent

The average graduation rate in the Mountain State for the 2015-16 school year increased even more to 89.81 percent.

Graduation rates across New York State are about 79 percent, which is up about a point from the year before.

Albany had the lowest graduation rate at 58 percent, followed by Schenectady (62 percent), Cohoes (72 percent), Green Island (72 percent) and Watervliet (77 percent). State officials said black and Hispanic students and students in the bigger cities were among those making gains.

More than three-quarters of graduating seniors go on to college, de Blasio said.

The four are Union Educational Complex in Grant County, Paden City High School in Wetzel County and both Harman and Pickens high schools in Randolph County. "Graduation rate has gone up in every borough and for every demographic so this is now a citywide progress". "We're graduating more students than ever before".

Several statewide initiatives contributed to the steady increase in the graduation rate, including the creation of the state's Early Warning System, which tracks 45 different indicators such as attendance, behavior and grade, to identify students at risk of dropping out.
"Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school", Martirano said. NY state has 2.6 million students in public schools.

"We set a goal of getting this city to a level that would've been unthinkable in the past", de Blasio said.

The rate also varied widely among the state's largest school districts.

  • Zachary Reyes