Graduation rates increase

The four-year graduation rate for the Rochester City School District in June 2016 increased 2 percentage points to 47.5 percent.

The August graduation rate also jumped 2 percentage points to 53 percent compared to the 2015 rate, according to data released Feb. 10 by the New York State Education Department. For Hispanic students, the graduation rate increased 5.1 percent and 1.8 percent for African-American students.

Rochester graduation rates have remained unacceptably low for too long, and the district must take immediate action to ensure the necessary resources are being employed for all students to graduate, according to a statement from Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams. The district has developed new data tools for school administrators to better track student progress, which can help school teams assess achievement and customize plans so every student stays on track.

The graduation rate across the state jumped to 79.4 percent from 78.1 percent for the 2016, according to the state education department report (

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