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NY High School Graduation Rates Inch Higher

NY High School Graduation Rates Inch Higher

NY High School Graduation Rates Inch Higher Judy Baxter, flickr

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Education officials say there are still gaps to fill.

New York's high school graduation rate continues to inch upward. But state education officials say there are still too few graduates ready for college and careers.

The state Education Department released data Monday showing that 74 percent of students who entered high school in 2007 graduated in four years. That was slightly better than the 73.4 percent graduation rate for the class before it.

The results also show that large gaps - 27 percentage points - continue to exist between the graduation rates of white students and their black and Hispanic classmates, even though rates among minorities have gone up.

The department says graduation rates in three of the Big Five districts - Buffalo, Syracuse and Yonkers - have improved, while New York City and Rochester saw slight declines.