New York State publishes high school graduation rates
The New York State Education Department this week released its high school graduation rates for the 2006 cohort (all students who entered ninth grade in 2006).
Statewide, 73.4 percent of the students who started ninth grade in 2006 had graduated by June 2010. In comparison, the rate for the 2005 cohort (those who started ninth grade in 2005) was 71.8 percent, and the rate for the 2001 cohort was 65.8 percent.
Graduation rates for the 2006 cohort in the state's five largest city school districts were as follows:
- Buffalo: 47.4 percent (down from 53.1 percent for the 2005 cohort)
- New York City: 61 percent (up from 59 percent for the 2005 cohort)
- Rochester: 46.1 percent (up from 42.1 percent for the 2005 cohort)
- Syracuse: 45.9 percent (up from 45.2 percent for the 2005 cohort)
- Yonkers: 63.2 percent (up from 58.1 percent for the 2005 cohort)
While a significant gap remains between the graduation rates of white students and those of minorities, that gap is narrowing. The difference between graduation rates for black and white students dropped from 30 percentage points for the 2001 cohort to 26 percentage points for the 2006 cohort, and the difference in graduation rates for Hispanic and white students narrowed from 33 percentage points for the 2001 cohort to 27 percentage points for the 2006 cohort.
Overall, the graduation rate for black students rose over the previous year, from 55.7 percent to 57.7 percent; and the graduation rate for Hispanic students rose from 54.8 percent last year to 57.3 percent this year.
"New York has some of the highest performing schools and districts in the country, but today's data makes clear that we have tremendous work to do to reduce the drop-out rate, close a stubbornly persistent racial achievement gap and ensure that more of our graduates are prepared for college and the workforce," Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said in a statement. "This data underscores the urgency of our efforts to continue to raise standards, improve assessments, and support the highest quality teaching in all of our classrooms."
Full results, including individual school and district graduation rates, are available here.