The statewide high school graduation rate rose slightly last year from 82.6 percent in 2018 to 83.4 percent in 2019, according to the latest graduation rate data the state Education Department released Thursday.
The state's graduation rate has been on a steady, albeit gradual, incline in recent years, increasing from 76 percent in 2010. The state has also somewhat narrowed the yawning disparity in graduation rates among students of different races, although a signficant gap still persists between black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian classmates.
In 2019 statewide graduation rates for both white and Asian students neared or topped 90 percent, while 75 percent of the state's black students and 74.5 percent of Hispanic students graduated high school last year.
In Schenectady, the city school district's graduation rate increased from 58 percent in 2018 to 68 percent in 2019, the highest rate the district has registered in a decade.