Cortland School District Graduation Rate Falls Below State Average
Officials say New York State’s high school graduation rate held steady at 74 percent for the first class of students required to meet stricter graduation requirements.
The state education department released graduation rates for the class of 2012 on Monday. Students who entered high school in 2008 were the first who didn't have the option of graduating with a so-called local diploma, meaning they had to earn a Regents diploma requiring them to pass five Regents exams.
Locally, the graduation rate in the Cortland City School District is below the state average. 69% of students in the Cortland school district completed high school in four years with a regent’s diploma.
In Homer, the graduation rate is nearly 89%, followed by Cincinnatus at 86%, Marathon at nearly 86%, and McGraw at 80%.
About 30 percent of students overall graduated with a more advanced version of the Regents diploma, considered an indicator of college- and career-readiness.
September's incoming freshmen will be the first class to receive instruction under more rigorous Common Core learning standards throughout high school and the first to take Regents exams that reflect the new standards.
The report also showed that Cortland and the McGraw school districts have the highest dropout rates in the county.