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NYC graduation rate hits a record high

NYC graduation rate hits a record high
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UFT Vice President for Career and Technical Education High Schools Sterling Robe

In another sign that New York City public schools are moving in the right direction, the high school graduation rate hit a record high of 72.6 percent in 2016, up from the city’s previous record of 70.5 percent set the previous year, according to data released by the city Department of Education. Likewise, the citywide dropout rate sank to a record low of 8.5 percent in 2016, down from 9 percent in 2015. Graduation rates for black and Latino students also were up by more than 2 percentage points each. There was an overall increase of close to 5 percent in the graduation rates of the 31 schools in the mayor’s School Renewal Program. “Our public schools are unquestionably the strongest they’ve ever been,” de Blasio told reporters. “We’ve believed in the promise of our public schools as the ladder to success for all New Yorkers, and we are raising the bar at every school.”

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