Albany High grad rate rises to 62 percent
N.Y. (Feb. 10, 2017) -- Albany High School’s
four-year graduation rate increased for the third consecutive year in
2016 and surpassed 60 percent for the first time in eight years.
The graduation rate for the Class of 2016 was 62
percent, according to data the State Education Department released Feb.
10. That is an increase from 59 percent for the Class of 2015, and an
increase from 50 percent for the Class of 2010.
The Class of 2016’s four-year
graduation rate was the school’s highest since the classes of 2007 and
2008 also had rates of 62 percent.
“We are pleased to see this
continued progress for Albany High School, and I want to thank the
school’s dedicated leadership, teachers and staff for their commitment
to all of our students,” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young
Wilkins, Ed.D. “But we know there is a lot of work ahead for all of us
to continue these positive trends.”
Please visit State
Ed's public data site for more information. You also can visit
State Ed's website to read more about statewide graduation trends.
Albany High had gains for
nearly every major subgroup for the Class of 2016 (with the
percentage-point gain from 2015):
Female – 69 percent (+5)
Male – 55 percent (+2)
Black students – 57 percent
Hispanic students – 59
– 57 percent (+8)
Pacific Islander – 67 percent (+23)
English-language learners –
12 percent (+1)
The graduation rate for white
students (76 percent) and students with disabilities (35 percent)
remained unchanged for the Class of 2016 compared to the previous year’s
"Our subgroup data illustrate the trend in
Albany High's overall graduation rate -- progress, which a positive, and
some areas of strength, but not enough progress for us to see a
meaningful closing of the achievement gap," Dr. Wilkins said. "We remain
committed to those goals and that critical work."
For the purpose of school and
district accountability, State Ed measures four-year graduation rates
based on August graduates. That figure includes students who graduate in
June as well as students who attend summer school to complete course
requirements, students who achieve their Regents graduation requirements
on the August exams, or both.
In addition to the increase in
Albany High's four-year graduation rate, the City School District of
Albany’s district-wide graduation rate also increased last year. The
district graduation rate includes students educated in out-of-district
placements and not included in the Albany High graduation class (a total
of 27 students for the Class of 2016).
The district’s four-year
graduation rate increased to 60 percent for the Class of 2016 compared
to 57 percent the previous year.
That figure also includes those
graduates who completed all of their requirements by August.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,600
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High