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NEW YORK — All-Time High of 65.5 Percent of Students Graduate in Four Years, with Graduation Rates up 19 Points Since 2005.Five- and Six-Year Graduation Rates Also Continue to Rise as More Students Earn Diplomas Needed to Compete in Economy.Higher Percentage of Graduates Receive Advanced Diplomas as Standards Increase for Fourth Straight Year
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced that the four-year graduation rate for New York City public high schools held above 65 percent in 2011, an increase of 19 points since 2005 and the tenth consecutive year of gains. A record 52,069 students graduated four years after entering high school, up from 51,006 in 2010. The percentage of students who earned higher-level diplomas rose more than four points from last year and nearly 13 points since 2008, even as graduation standards increased for the fourth consecutive year. New schools have nearly doubled the graduation rates of those they replaced: in 2006, all phasing-out high schools had a graduation rate of 38 percent; in 2011, all new high schools had a graduation rate of 70.1 percent. The Mayor and Chancellor were joined today by the principals of four schools opened since 2002 to replace Bushwick High School: Rodney Orji, principal of the Academy of Urban Planning, Marc Rush, principal of the Bushwick School for Social Justice, Nilda Gomez-Katz, principal of the Academy, and Dr. Perry Rainey, principal of the Brooklyn School for Math and Research. Together, the new schools have an average graduation rate of 68.1 percent, 45 percentage points higher than Bushwick High School in 2002.