Updated: Tuesday, 09 Mar 2010, 3:34 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 09 Mar 2010, 3:35 PM EST
ALBANY, NY (WIVB) - Statewide high school graduation results reported by school districts were released today.
In a statement from the NYS Education Department, they say that the data shows that:
- Statewide, almost 72 percent of the students who started 9th grade in 2005 had graduated after 4 years, by June 2009. This is compared with a 66 percent graduation rate for students who started 9th grade in 2001.
- The annual rate of increase has declined – from 2.1 percent for the 2003 cohort to .9 percent for the 2005 cohort.
- The graduation rate for August 2009 was over 74 percent.
- A fifth year of high school makes a difference for many students. Among students who started 9th grade in 2004, 77 percent had graduated by 2009, an increase of five percentage points or 12,500 more students during the fifth year.
- The 4-year graduation rate of Black students increased from 45 to almost 56 percent between 2005 and 2009. Also, more Black students are staying in school beyond four years.
- The 4-year graduation rate of Hispanic students increased from 42 to almost 55 percent between 2005 and 2009, although it also remains far too low. Also, more Hispanic students are staying in school.
- The achievement gap between Black and Hispanic students on the one hand and white students on the other has declined to 25 percentage points, down from 34 percentage points for Black students and 37 percentage points for Hispanic students four years before. However, the gap is still far too wide.
- A fifth year makes a significant difference for Black and Hispanic students. About 10 percent more graduated in the fifth year.
- New York City has increased its 4-year graduation rate from 46.5 percent for the 2001 cohort to 59 percent for the 2005 cohort. Almost 10 percent more students graduated in the fifth year.
- The 4-year graduation rate for students with disabilities has risen and fallen over the past four years. Graduation rates are especially low in high need districts.
- The 4-year graduation rate for English Language Learners is also low but increasing.
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said, "It is clear to me and to the Regents that the margin between what we are achieving and what can be achieved is far too great – and that we cannot accept business as usual."
State Education Commissioner David Steiner said, "The results show modest improvement overall. However, when we look more closely at the data, we see serious and continuing challenges. I think it is important to look in more depth at those reform elements that in our judgment are critical to moving the performance of students – especially disadvantaged students in the inner-cities. While no single tool can do all the work, the following interventions have shown real promise: