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Buffalo's graduation rate improves

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 12:15:36-05

The graduation rate for Buffalo Public Schools continues to increase.

The number of Buffalo students who graduated in 2016 was 64 percent, up from 61 percent in 2015.

Overall, New York state's high school graduation rate continued its slow upward climb in 2016, when 79.4 percent of students earned a diploma after four years.

The graduation rate released Friday by the state Department of Education is 1.3 percent higher than the 78.1 percent for the class of 2015. State officials say black and Hispanic students and students in the bigger cities were among those making gains.

New York City's rate was just under 70 percent, up 2.4 percent from the previous year. Syracuse posted a 6.4 percent increase, to 61 percent. Rochester's graduate rate was still under 50 percent, at 47.5 percent.

New York state has 2.6 million students in public schools. State data shows that more than half are considered economically disadvantaged.