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On Friday, Feb. 10 Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that New York City’s 2016 senior class graduated at a rate of 72.6 percent.

Not only is this a record high, but the city’s dropout rate fell to the lowest it’s ever been at 8.5 percent. The borough of Queens had the second largest graduation rate at 75.5 percent, a 2.2 point increase from 2015. The dropout rate in Queens decreased from 7.9 to 7.7 percent.

This progress can also be seen in both elementary and middle schools. City students made significant strides in their English and Math State Exams. Students are now performing better than their New York State counterparts in the English exam.

“As a parent of a public school student,” says Assembly Member Cathy Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Committee of Education, “I realize how important the reforms Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña have been for all students these past few years.”

Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña began an initiative called Equity and Excellence for All to ensure that NYC students and their families have proper stepping stones from pre-K to college and then careers. The goal is to ensure that 80 percent of students will graduate high school in 2026 and that two-thirds of those graduates will be college ready.

According to Council Member Daniel Dromm, these programs work because they offer students more progressive education approaches while also embracing restorative justice practices and community schooling.

For more information on New York City’s graduation, college readiness and dropout rates, visit www.nyc.gov/schools.

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