The Syracuse City School District’s June graduation rate increased by 6.4 percentage points, rising from 54.5 percent in June 2015, to 60.9 percent in June 2016, according to data released by the New York State Education Department.
It’s the first time the region’s graduation rate, which is based on the cohort of students who entered 9th grade in 2012, has reached 60 percent in a decade.
Statewide, the graduation rate rose from 78.1 percent to 79.4 percent, from 2015 to 2016, or by an increase of 1.3 percent.
“I am proud of the hard work students, teachers, parents, and our entire community has done to support the Syracuse City School District that has brought us to this point,” Mayor Stephanie Miner said in a statement. “We have worked diligently to improve the conditions in our schools: improving school buildings through the Joint Schools Construction Board project, increasing Career and Technical Education options, and cultivating a culture of success. I thank Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea, and his team for their efforts. While our work is not yet done, I look forward to continued progress in our city schools.”
According to NYSED, the numbers have been trending upward for the past few years; however, statewide, the data also showed that black and Hispanic students still graduated at lower rates than their white counterparts, at 67.7 percent and 66.7 percent, respectively, compared to 88.3 percent of their white peers.
In addition, only 26.6 percent of English Language Learners (ELL) graduated on time in 2016.
“While the state’s overall graduation rate went up slightly, we must find more effective ways to address the achievement gaps that continue to impact far too many of our children – particularly those students for whom English is not their first language,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa stated. “If enacted, the Regents 2017-18 State Aid proposal will help address these gaps in achievement by significantly increasing Foundation Aid funding, expanding and consolidating the state’s Universal Pre-K programs, better supporting programs for students who are learning English, increasing funding to support College and Career Pathways, and building upon existing teacher and principal professional development initiatives.”
In Buffalo, the graduation rate also increased, from 58.4 percent to 61.7 percent, from June 2015 to June 2016, and, in Yonkers, the rate increased from 74.2 percent, to 77.5 percent, during the same time period.
In Rochester, the graduation rate increased from 45.5 percent to 45.7 percent, from 2015 to 2016, and the graduation rate in New York City increased from 67.2 percent to 69.6 percent, respectively.
Visit http://www.nysed.gov/news/2017/state-education-department-releases-2012-cohort-high-school-graduation-rates for additional information regarding the data.