Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Robert Schneider on Graduation Rates

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2020



CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 office (518) 527-6933 cell



We are pleased to see the continued improvement in student achievement reflected in the growth in high school graduation rates announced today by the State Education Department. Also encouraging is the continued progress in narrowing the gap in graduation rates between white students and their black, Hispanic, disabled and English language learner peers. 

When more students are demonstrating that they have the academic proficiency and other qualities necessary to earn a high school diploma in New York, that means more will be prepared to succeed in college, careers and life. We are pleased to see students who complete high school in five and six years continue to be included in the reporting of graduation rates. We must encourage students to stay in school, as persistence pays off.

But, once again, much room for improvement remains. The pace of our progress needs to accelerate, and we must close the lingering achievement gaps entirely. Those imperatives underscore the need for the state’s continued funding support for school districts as they initiate and expand the programs that are aiding this progress.  We look forward to working with the State Education Department to ensure schools make continued improvement in graduation rates and in narrowing the achievement gaps.




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