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More New York Students Graduate

More New York Students Graduate
Graduation rate improves despite Common Core curriculum.

New York's high school graduation rate improved slightly to 76.4 percent last year, despite the state's adoption of new learning standards.

   Big gaps remained, though, between the rates of white and minority students graduating, and those of students attending high- and low-needs districts.

   State statistics released Thursday show 76.4 percent of students who started high school in 2010 finished in four years, compared to 74.9 percent in the previous class.

   Four of the Big Five districts - New York City, Syracuse, Yonkers and Rochester - made gains, but Buffalo saw its rate drop from 53.4 percent to 52.8 percent.

   The rates reflect the first group of students who began high school following New York's adoption of the Common Core learning standards intended to better prepare students for college and careers.