Study: Graduation rates up, but disparities remain

More students than ever are graduating, but making it across the stage is still a struggle for some, according to a report released Monday. According to the New York State Education Department, 69 percent

News 12 Staff

Aug 11, 2008, 5:56 PM

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Study: Graduation rates up, but disparities remain
More students than ever are graduating, but making it across the stage is still a struggle for some, according to a report released Monday.
According to the New York State Education Department, 69 percent of high school students are graduating on time, up 3 percent from a previous study.
"The bottom line is graduation rates are improving," said Commissioner Richard Mills. "They're improving gradually, but they need to improve more."
Mills noted that some of the high school students needed an extra year to finish. The department believes while this isn't ideal, it's positive because at least students aren't dropping out.
Mills said while there's been an increase in the number of minority students graduating on time, an achievement gap remains. There's also a declining graduation rate for ESL students.


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