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Albany High grad rate rises to 62 percent

ALBANY, 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 (+1)

  • Hispanic students – 59 percent (+9)

  • Economically disadvantaged – 57 percent (+8)

  • Asian/Native Hawaiian/other 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 graduating class.


"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 School.

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