ALBANY, N.Y. – The State Education Department released information on graduation rates for the 2012-2013 school year.
According to the report, the statewide graduation rate increased to 74.9 percent from the previous year’s 74 percent. However, large achievement gaps remain particularly with respect to the Regents with Advanced Designation, which requires the completion of additional rigorous course work in preparation for college and careers.
“One in four students still aren’t graduating after four years,” NYS Education Commissioner John King said. “And far too many students, even if they graduate from high school, still haven’t completed the advanced and rigorous course work to be ready for college or the workplace.”
The Department also released the graduation rate for students once identified as English Language Learner and previously served by bilingual and English as Second Language programs. ELL students graduated at a rate of 71 percent, according to the release.
“The graduation rate for students who previously were in programs for English Language Learners demonstrate that all students thrive when provided with appropriate support services,” King continued.
In the Capital Region, the Albany City Central School District graduated over 53 percent of the class that entered the school as ninth graders in 2009.
Troy’s Central School District graduated over 71 percent, and Schenectady graduated just under 65 percent.