• Winter Weather ADVISORY in effect for:

  • Bronx, NY

Mayor announces record-high graduation rates across city

Posted: Updated:
THE BRONX -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced record-high graduation rates across New York City.

"For a long time, the kind of education you got, the quality education was determined by zip code," de Blasio said.

In an effort to even the playing field, de Blasio and city schools Chancellor Carmen Farina released the Equity and Excellence for All plan in fall 2015. Making college-advancement courses and computer technology available in every school in the city are among some of initiatives of the plan.

"I'm happy to tell you that this is a great day for New York City because this vision of Equity and Excellence is becoming a reality," de Blasio said. "More kids in New York City graduated high school in four years than ever before."

In the Bronx, the graduation rate was up to 66.3 percent, an 8.8 percent increase since 2013.

The mayor was happy to announce that South Bronx Preparatory saw some of the high number of graduation rates at 96 percent.

While graduation rates are up, dropout rates are at an all-time low citywide, and more high school seniors are going to college -- about 57 percent of the class of 2016, according to de Blasio.

The goal of Equity and Excellence for All is to have graduation rates rise to 80 percent by 2026.

  • GalleriesMore>>

  • Photos from Toy Fair 2019

    Photos from Toy Fair 2019

    The 116th annual North American International Toy Fair has begun.
    The 116th annual North American International Toy Fair has begun.
  • Bronx Birthday Smiles

    Bronx Birthday Smiles

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!
    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

    It's a celebration! Is your or a loved one's birthday coming up? Let us know! Send us your photos and you could end up on air and News12.com!

  • Guide: Brooklyn and Bronx Breweries

    Guide: Brooklyn and Bronx Breweries

    Tuesday, August 28 2018 9:30 AM EDT2018-08-28 13:30:56 GMT

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the boroughs for beer-lovers to visit.

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the boroughs for beer-lovers to visit.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."