Overall high school graduation rates in New York state rose slightly in 2014 to 76.4 percent, according to a Dec. 18 report issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The figure, a measure of graduation rates for students who entered ninth grade in 2010 and graduated in 2014, is a 1.5 percent increase from last year.
For Shaker High School, the data shows a graduation rate for 2014 of 93 percent, a one percentage point increase over 2013’s graduation rate of 92 percent. 58 percent of students earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, also a one percent increase from 2013. In addition, 77 percent of students with disabilities graduated in four years.
“We are pleased with the graduation rate increases for all of our students,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “These results are indicative of the outstanding efforts of our school community on behalf of our students to insure they are college and career ready.”
The report’s findings underscored that while graduation rates for all districts have increased over the past five years, the performance gap between high-need and low-need districts remains nearly unchanged, at approximately 30 percentage points. More than 94 percent of students from low-need districts graduated compared to only 66 percent of students from high-need urban and suburban districts.
The Board of Regents is expected to vote in January on new regulations that would allow students to replace an existing Regents requirement for graduation with exams in one of five pathways, including the humanities, STEM, Career and Technical Education, the arts or bi-literacy.
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