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Graduation rates at all St. Lawrence County schools above state average

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CANTON - New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today released high school graduation rates for the 2008 cohort - students who entered 9th grade in 2008, and those statistics showed that all high schools in St. Lawrence County had graduation rates higher than the state average.

Overall statewide graduation rates remained stable at 74 percent despite increased rigor required for graduation phased-in over the past four years. The graduates of 2012 were the first cohort for which a local diploma was not available for general education students

Eight St. Lawrence County schoiols reported that 90 percent or more of the freshmen who entered high school in 2008 had earned their degrees by August 2013. Heuvelton, who had 93 percent of its 43 students graduate on time, set the pace. They were followed by Potsdam, Parishville-Hopkinton and Clifton-Fine at 92 percent, Hermon-Dekalb and Lisbon at 91 percent and St. Lawrence Central and Norwood-Norfolk at 90 percent.

Three schools - Massena, 76.5 percent; Edwards-Knox, 77 percent; and Hammond, 79 percent - had graduation rates closest to the statewide average. Massena reported that 11 percent of its 217 students in the 2008 cohort had dropped out of school before August 2013. Other schools reporting double digit dropout rates were Edwards-Knox, 11.8 percent of the 34 students in the 2008 cohort, and Ogdensburg Free Academy, 11.7 percent, 128 students in the 2008 cohort.

The graduation rates for the other schools in the county were Canton, 86 percent; Colton-Pierrepont, 86 percent; Gouverneur, 84 percent; Madrid-Waddington, 85 percent; and Ogdensburg Free Academy, 80.5 percent.

The statewide graduation rate for the cohort of students entering high school in 2008 remained at 74 percent, the same rate as the 2007 cohort. Graduation rates for four of the Big 5 school districts remained relatively stable; however, Buffalo’s graduation rate dropped by more than seven percentage points. The graduation rates for the Big 5 are: New York City 60.9 percent in 2011; 60.4 percent in 2012; Buffalo – 54%, 46.8%; Rochester – 45.5%, 43.4%; Syracuse – 48.4%, 48%; Yonkers – 66.2%, 66%.

On the web:

A full report of the data is available at this web address: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20130617/home.html.

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