New York State's High School Graduation Rate Edges Past 80 Percent

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"For a long time, the kind of education you got, the quality education was determined by zip code", de Blasio said.

New York's statewide graduation rate in June edged up to 80.2% for the Class of 2017, up by half a percentage point from the prior year, and up more than 11 percentage points in a decade.

And though graduation rates improved for all ethnic groups, there is still a sizable gap.

High-school graduation rates in New York City and statewide continued to inch up past year, according to state data released Wednesday.

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 a year ago. The city's graduation rate rose to 62.7-percent in June of 2017, however, it jumps even higher to 64-percent when you add in those who graduated in August of 2017.

The rate of students who entered 9th grade in 2013 and graduated increased to 80.2 percent, up 0.5 percentage points from the 2012 class.

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

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.

Also, a gap remained between the graduation rate of black and Hispanic students compared to their white peers.

"While we are encouraged that graduation rates continue to improve incrementally, this year's results point to the need to accelerate progress for low-income students and students of color while maintaining high expectations for all students".

This gap has narrowed in recent years, but still remains around 20 percentage points. "The fact that we could move the graduation rate up 8 points in just four years shows how much more is possible going forward".