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City’s Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High, But Education Issues Persist

(DNAINFO)  Jeff Mays | February 10, 2017 — Critics say the city’s graduation statistics are questionable.

The city’s graduation rate has hit an all-time high with 72.6 percent of students graduating in four years compared to 70.5 percent last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said Friday.

“This is now citywide progress,” de Blasio said of the 3 percent increase as he highlighted across-the-board improvements in graduation rates, especially for black and Latino students and in every borough.

According to the Department of Education, 68 percent of black students graduated in four years, up from 65.4 percent in 2015. The dropout rate for black students dipped slightly to 8.8 percent from 9.3 percent.

Latino students increased their four year graduation rate to 66.9 percent from 64 percent while their dropout rate also dipped slightly to 11.2 percent from 11.9 percent.

The overall dropout rate is at 8.5 percent, down from 9 percent last year, another record low, said city officials.

“The goal is that every young person, even if they don’t necessarily graduate in four years, they graduate,” said the mayor during the press conference at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice.

David Bloomfield, education professor at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center, said  graduation rates are always “questionable.” But the jump in the graduation rate from 69.6 percent in June to the final 72.6 percent in August is likely “based wholly in intensive instruction to get borderline students diplomas without retained learning.”

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