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Buffalo schools see slight increase in high school graduation rate

Posted at 7:59 PM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 19:59:46-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo Public Schools saw a slight increase in its four-year high school graduation rate for students beginning in 2015.

The new report from the State Education Department shows the 2015 Cohort graduation rate for Buffalo increased to 64.7 from 64.5 in 2014. That number remains above schools in Syracuse and Rochester but well below the statewide average of 83.4

“I am disappointed that our graduation rate did not rise more significantly in 2019," stated Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash. "With 78% of our schools in good standing, I know we have the strong leadership, hardworking staff, dedicated parents, and talented students to have done so. I fully expect that we will meet our 4-year graduation rate goal of 70% with our class of 2020."

Among the big five city school districts in New York, Buffalo has the highest achievement gap among both Black and Hispanic students when compared to their White peers.