About three quarters of public high school students in New York graduated on time in June, though graduation rates in the state’s largest cities remain far lower, according to data released Thursday by the state Education Department.
A total of 76.4 percent of students who entered ninth grade in 2010 graduated with a diploma before June 2014, up slightly from the 74.9 percent who graduated within four years the previous year.
The state’s five largest school districts continued to lag behind, however. In Rochester, the graduation rate was 43.4 percent, an increase of less than a percentage point from the previous year. Yonkers was at 68.8 percent, up from 66.4 percent.
The students included in this year’s graduation rates were the first who entered high school after the state adopted the Common Core standards, according to the Education Department.
“While the increased graduation rates are encouraging, nearly one in four students is not graduating after four years,” state Education Commissioner John King (pictured) said. “It is imperative that we continue to support districts as they fully implement the higher expectations the Board of Regents has set for students and educators.”
The latest graduation data continued to show a large gap between racial and ethnic groups, with 87.3 percent of white students graduating within four years compared to 61.6 percent of Hispanic and black students.
The graduation rates were released about six months earlier than in previous years, which King said was attributed to a boost in the state’s data system.
You can read the state’s full report here.