Graduation Rate Rises to 75.9 Percent, Increases Across All Boroughs
Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced that New York City’s 2018 four-year high school graduation rate has reached a record high of 75.9 percent. The dropout rate has fallen to a record low of 7.5 percent. The graduation rate rose in every borough and among every ethnicity.
“Nothing is more important to me than children from every zip code having access to an excellent education,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Mayoral control of education works. For the fifth year in a row graduation rates are up, dropout rates are down, and the achievement gap has narrowed - and there will be more progress to come. Congratulations to the students, educators, and their families on yet another record-breaking year in our classrooms.”
“A record number of New York City students are getting a high school diploma and going on to college, and that is a real difference in the lives and futures of thousands of our young people,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “We congratulate our students, families, and educators, and we celebrate the progress under this administration and over 16 years of mayoral control. But we are clear-eyed: we have a lot of work to do, and we must do it with great urgency. We will only realize our vision for public education in New York City when we accelerate learning and instruction in each of our classrooms, partner with every family and community, develop our talented educators, and advance equity now for the students we serve.”
The rates below are the graduation and dropout percentages among the cohort of all students who entered 9th grade in the fall of 2014. All percentage point changes are comparisons to the previous year.
· The graduation rate rose to 75.9 percent, a 1.7 point increase.
· The dropout rate fell to 7.5 percent, a 0.3 point decrease.
Graduation rates improved across all ethnicities, with a decrease in the gap between Black and White students and Hispanic and White students:
· The graduation rate was 88.1 percent for Asian students in 2018, a 0.6 point increase from 2017.
· The graduation rate was 72.1 percent for Black students in 2018, a 2.1 point increase from 2017.
· The graduation rate was 70.0 percent for Hispanic students in 2018, a 1.6 point increase from 2017.
· The graduation rate was 84.2 percent for White students in 2018, a 1.0 point increase from 2017.
Dropout rates fell across all ethnicities:
· The dropout rate was 3.7 percent for Asian students in 2018, a 0.3 point decrease from 2017.
· The dropout rate was 7.6 percent for Black students in 2018, a 0.3 point decrease from 2017.
· The dropout rate was 10.5 percent for Hispanic students in 2018, a 0.2 point decrease from 2017.
· The dropout rate was 4.0 percent for White students in 2018, a 0.4 point decrease from 2017.
The 4-year graduation rate is over 75 percent for the first time ever, and increased across all five boroughs. The dropout rate decreased across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The graduation rate across the 25 Renewal and Rise high schools has increased by 20.0 percentage points from 52.5 percent in 2014 to 72.4 percent in 2018. The dropout rate across Renewal and Rise Schools has decreased by 3.9 percentage points from 18.2 percent in 2014 to 14.3 percent in 2018.
The largest improvement in graduation and dropout rates was in Brooklyn:
2018 # Cohort
% 2018 Grad
% 2017 Grad
2018 # Cohort
% 2018 Dropout
% 2017 Dropout
The improvements in graduation and dropout rates reflect larger improvements in postsecondary awareness, readiness, and access across New York City public schools. Earlier this school year, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza announced:
· The highest-ever postsecondary enrollment rate – 59 percent. A record-high 45,115 students in the Class of 2017 enrolled in college, up from 43,466 in the Class of 2016 and 40,641 in the Class of 2013.
·The highest-ever college readiness rate – 51 percent of all students, and 67 percent of graduates, in the Class of 2018 graduated high school on time and met CUNY’s standards for college readiness in English and math.
· New York City students have now outperformed their New York State peers on State ELA exams for three years in a row, after doing so for the first time in 2016. They have closed the gap with their New York State peers on State math exams.
The Mayor has also announced record performance and participation on Advanced Placement and SAT exams.
This announcement came at the New World High School located at 921 East 228th Street.
Above - Senior Karine Mass spoke a little about herself coming to New York at age eleven not being able to speak english, but now is looking to become a lawyer with several scholarships on the table to various colleges. She introduced Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Below - The mayor thanked Ms. Mass on her excellent speech and introduction as Assemblyman Michael Benedetto and Councilman Andy King applaud.
Above - Assemblyman Benedetto who is now the Chair of the Assembly Education Committee is ecstatic about this high school could not hold his emotions back.
Below - Councilman King puts up the number one sign.
Above - Mayor de Blasio recognized State Senator Jamaal Bailey who would say that he was late because he was downtown at an MTA hearing.
Below - Mayor de Blasio later took questions from reporters.
After the event student Karine Mass stands with Councilman Andy King.