In NYC, More Latinos are Graduating High School

It's a good day in the world of education, at least in one part of the country. More Latino high school students in New York City are graduating at a higher rate than ever before, although sadly, the number of English Language Learner graduates still lags.

NBC Latino reports that the number of Latino students graduating from high school in NYC rose by 54 percent in 2012 compared to graduation rate data from 2005. The overall graduation rate in NYC also rose by more than 39 percent. Hispanic graduation rates have risen faster than those of any other ethnic group in NYC.

English Language Learners unfortunately did not fall into this category. “The English Language Learners’ (ELLs) four year graduation rate saw a nearly 5-point drop due to the higher standards this year,” Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement referencing NYC's testing and graduation requirements. “However, ELL students’ five- and six-year graduation rates continue to increase.”

The Mayor stated that there is clearly a need for greater school support, announcing that beginning this fall, the Department of Education will provide additional funding for approximately 25 schools in the city that “need the most support for teachers on best practices for ELL instruction.”