Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott tout graduation rate

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday record high numbers in the city’s graduation rate. Credit: Wavebreak Media

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Wednesday record high numbers in the city’s graduation rate.

The figures are preliminary, but the mayor and Chancellor Dennis Walcott at the Department of Education were eager to share what they said is proof of their success over the past decade.

According to Bloomberg, 66 percent of students graduated in 2013. In 2005, when the state began releasing New York City graduation rates, that figure was 46.5 percent — though at the time August graduates were not included in these figures as they are now.

Of that number, 46 percent of those graduates were college-ready in 2013. In 2005, just 32 percent were considered college-ready. The dropout rate has also been halved, with a seven percent decline since last year alone.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg and Walcott visited a high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to announce record AP, SAT and PSAT participation and performance among New York City high school students.

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