Keeping track of graduation rates

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Keeping track of graduation rates


ISLIP TOWN—The New York State Education Department announced last week that the graduation rate for the Class of 2017 rose to 80.2 percent, statewide. This is up from 79.7 percent the year before. Graduation rates on Long Island, however, have slightly dropped. The average graduation rate on Long Island last year was 88.9 percent, down from 89.6 percent in 2016. But despite the slight dip, graduation rates in Nassau County (89.5 percent) and Suffolk County (88.4 percent) remain substantially above the 80.2 percent statewide average.

The percentage of teenagers, statewide, who earned high school diplomas during the 2016-2017 school year has increased more than 11 percentage points from the 68.6 percent recorded a decade ago for the class of 2007. Year-to-year comparisons, though, are difficult to make because requirements for diplomas have been relaxed in recent years, particularly for students with disabilities.

Bayport-Blue Point – a 2017 Reward and Blue Ribbon School – saw its graduation rate decrease from 97.2 percent to 96.5 percent during the 2016-2017 school year. Connetquot’s graduation rate also decreased from 93.3 percent to 92.4 percent between the two years. No one from either district’s administration responded to our request for comment by press time. 

On the other hand, Sayville’s graduation rate slightly increased from 95.2 percent to 95.5 percent during the 2016-2017 school year. 

“Sayville’s increasing graduation rate is the result of the hard work of our students and their teachers, as well as the incredible support of our students’ families and the entire Sayville schools community,” said Sayville superintendent of schools John Stimmel, who is in his first year in this position.

In other Islip Town school districts: Bay Shore’s graduation rate increased from 86.9 percent to 87.3 percent; East Islip’s graduation rate dropped from 94.3 percent to 93.1 percent; Islip’s graduation rate rose from 96.0 percent to 96.6 percent; and West Islip’s graduation rate rose from 94.2 percent to 96.4 percent. Brentwood also decreased from 72.5 percent to 70.8 percent, where Central Islip rose from 79.5 percent to 83.3 percent.