The Syracuse City School District’s June graduation rate increased slightly, from 51 percent in June 2014, to 55 percent in June 2015, according to data released by the New York State Education Department.
According to NYSED, the graduation rate for African-American students in SCSD also increased, jumping from 50 percent in 2014, to 56 percent in 2015.
The rate for Hispanic students increased from 40 percent in 2014, to 44 percent in 2015.
However, the graduation rate for white students in the district fell slightly, dropping from 59 percent in 2014, to 54 percent in 2015.
According to the state, graduation rates increased for each of the Big Five school districts in New York, overall, with Buffalo’s graduation rate increasing from 53 percent in 2014, to 58 percent in 2015; Rochester’s rate increasing from 43 percent in 2014, to 46 percent in 2015; New York City’s rate increasing from 64 percent in 2014 to 67 percent in 2015; and, Yonkers’ rate increasing from 69 percent to 74 percent, respectively.
Rochester was the only district with a graduation rate that remained below 50 percent.
Mayor Stephanie Miner praised SCSD superintendent Sharon Contreras, district officials, and community partners for the improvement in Syracuse’s numbers, but said there’s more work to be done.
“Today’s numbers confirm for us the continued upward trajectory of graduation rates in the Syracuse City School District,” Mayor Miner stated. “This achievement is made possible with the hard work of Superintendent Contreras, the district’s leadership, the teachers, students, parents, and our community members who continue to push for academic success in our schools. These results demonstrate results, but show our need for continued work. I look forward to continuing efforts with our partners at the district to ensure our children receive the education they deserve.”
Throughout the state, New York saw its graduation rate increase from 76 percent to 78 percent, total, while Onondaga County’s graduation rate increased by one percent, to 8o percent, overall.
NYSED’s data represents students who entered the ninth grade in 2011, and graduated by June 2015.