NYC Schools Chief: High School Graduation Rates Slightly Up

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City’s schools chancellor said high school graduation rates are up slightly while dropout rates are down.

Carmen Farina said in a statement Monday  that just over 70 percent of the class of 2015 graduated, a 2 percent increase over 2014, while the dropout rate in the nation’s largest school district fell nine percent.

End-of-year statistics show that the trends held true across demographic groups, though vast racial disparities in graduation rates still exist.

Education data show that 64 percent of Hispanic and 65.4 percent of black students graduated in 2015. That compares to 85 percent of Asian and 82 percent of white students.

Farina said the percentage of students who met two college readiness standards also increased.