NYC's High School Graduation Rate Hits Record High

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four-year high school graduation rate in New York City's public schools has reached a new high.

“For the fifth straight year, the graduation rate has gone up in New York City,” de Blasio said Wednesday.

According to the mayor, the graduation rate is now at the highest in the history of New York City, at 75.9 percent.

He also noted that graduation rates improved across all ethnicities with the decline in the gap between black and white students and Hispanic and white students.

“We are now seeing some real progress on closing the achievement gap. We're now seeing that all the initiatives that we put into play, including those AP courses and college access for all, and computer science for all. They're all starting to have a real impact,” de Blasio said.

Dropout rates also decreased across all ethnic groups.

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza also acknowledged the accomplishment saying, “Our schools are stronger than ever.”