Graduation rates in New York City have hit a record high, reaching 74.3 percent in 2017. At the same time, the dropout rate dropped to a record low of 7.8 percent.
“New York City is showing that when we invest in our students, they rise to the challenge and do better and better,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
The graduation rate increased 1.2 percent from the year before, while the dropout rate fell by 0.6 percent. Both improved across all ethnicities.
“Our kids are graduating high school and going to college at record rates, while dropping out less than ever before. If we are going to make New York City the fairest big city in America, it starts with giving our kids the education they deserve, and we are executing this vision every day,” de Blasio said.
The 74.3 percent graduation rate is an eight point increase from just four years ago. City officials said it shows that a significant improvement is possible in a short period of time.
“This is a day to recognize the incredible impact our educators have on our children’s lives, and to celebrate their dedication to their craft. We need to keep improving, redoubling our commitment to our Equity and Excellence for All agenda to ensure that every child gets a high-quality education,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said.
Graduation rates increased and dropout rates fell in every borough of the city. The biggest improvement was in Queens.
“I have to tell you it is particularly moving to me because when I came into office four years ago, we knew one thing very clearly. We couldn’t accept the status quo in this city. We couldn’t accept the status quo in education. We couldn’t accept the notion of so many young people not getting an opportunity to fulfill their potential,” de Blasio said.
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