BUFFALO, NY-- On the same day the NYS Education Department released disappointing numbers on the math and ELA test results, the Buffalo School District released their graduation rate for 2013, and there are improvements.
Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. Pamela C. Brown says the high school graduation rate for 2013 is 53.1%, up from 2012, which was 47.8%.
Overall attendance in the district increased slightly to 90.6% in 2013, compared to 89.3% in 2012. Meanwhile, the dropout rate has decreased from 30.4% in 2011 to 23.4% in 2013.
The District has come under fire from the New York State Education Department to do more to help lower performing schools, like Lafayette and East High Schools. The district has resubmitted plans for both schools to continue implementing the John Hopkins' development plan. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in BOCES programs is they choose.