While high school graduation rates in the nation’s largest school district have grown steadily, from 50 percent to 65 percent, there are still barriers to success for many New York City students, according to a paper released last week by EdFunders, a newly formed coalition of education philanthropists.
The study highlights findings about literacy, discipline, high school graduation, and neighborhood segregation and racial/ethnic disparities in schools. It follows 77,501 public school students who entered high school in 2005.
The report notes, for example, that among those students who exceeded state standards in literacy in 3rd grade, 90 percent graduated high school in four years, compared to one in three students who failed to meet the 3rd grade literacy standard.
A version of this article appeared in the October 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as Urban Education