Statement from NYSSBA on high school graduation rates in 2018

FOR RELEASE: January 30, 2019



CONTACT: Al Marlin, Communications Manager
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell



It’s good to hear that New York’s four-year graduation rates continue to move in the right direction and that gaps between minority students and their white peers continue to narrow. As the commissioner noted, the pace of progress, once again, is not as rapid or substantial as we all would like, but the steady improvement is encouraging.

Perhaps more significantly, the data released today provides welcome evidence that our efforts to improve equity and provide greater academic opportunities for our students are well-placed and starting to make a difference for New York students.

Some 11,200 students earned diplomas last year through one of New York’s new graduation pathways, a longtime NYSSBA priority. That’s an increase of 13 percent. These expanded graduation pathways are enabling our students to focus on the academic areas that most challenge and inspire them, such as math, science, career and technical education, languages or the arts.

It’s also heartening to see 5- and 6-year graduation rates – and even figures for last year’s August graduates – showing that, when we continue to offer academic opportunities and encouragement to our students beyond a strict four-year deadline, many more will persevere and succeed.




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