NYSED Releases 2014 Graduation Data - SCSD High Schools Show Progress

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The New York State Education Department has released the high school completion data for the 2010 student cohort.  The Syracuse City School District four year June graduation rate increased to 51.9% and the August graduation rate to 55.7%.  It is the first time since NYS adopted the federal “Total Cohort” calculation methodology more than six years ago, that the SCSD June graduation rate has exceeded 50%.
The graduation rate increased at all high schools.  The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central saw their August graduation rate climb to 81.5% while at Corcoran the rate reached 66.9%.  Henninger and Nottingham saw the largest percentage increases in their August graduation rates as they improved 8.6 percentage points to 55.9% and 6.8 percentage points to 62.2% respectively.
“We are very proud of the work taking place in our high schools by both our students and our teachers.  These results show that we are making progress and we are getting closer to our goal of preparing students to be college, career and civic ready,” said Superintendent Sharon Contreras.  “We know there is still significant work to be done. We will continue to focus on setting college and career-ready expectations for all students and to support our teachers in facilitating rigorous learning opportunities each day at all levels.  Setting the college, career and civic-ready bar for our students begins in pre-kindergarten,” added Contreras.
The Aspirational Performance Measures (APM) in ELA and mathematics increased nearly 3 percentage points to 9.3%.  This growth in APM indicates that students are closer to becoming college and career ready and are scoring better on the more rigorous mathematics and ELA Regents examinations.
“The Syracuse City School District has made notable progress in recent years to improve performance and today’s announcement of increased graduation rates is proof that we are starting to see success,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner.  “We have made major investments in our district, from the Joint Schools Construction Board to Say Yes to Education and we are now seeing the return.  There is still much work to be done and I am committed to being a productive partner with the district to achieve our great expectations.”
In addition to the progress made in the graduation rates, the dropout rate decreased to 16.5%, down from 25.8% two years ago.  This is the fourth consecutive SCSD cohort to see a decrease in the dropout rate, with significant decreases in the last two cohorts.  The district’s dropout rate for all students decreased by 2.1 percentage points while it decreased for Hispanic students by 11.1 percentage points and students with disabilities by 5 percentage points.