BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York's high school graduation rate rose slightly to 74.9 percent in 2013, but big differences persisted in the numbers of white and minority students graduating on time, and those from high- and low-needs districts.
The overall rate released Monday compares with 74 percent last year.
Among the Big Five districts, Buffalo saw the only notable increase, posting a 53 percent graduation rate, nearly seven points higher than in 2012.
Rochester had the lowest rate, at 43 percent, followed by Syracuse, where 49 percent earned a high-school diploma.
New York City graduated 61 percent of those who entered high school in 2009 and Yonkers 66 percent.
The numbers don't fully reflect the curriculum reforms under way in New York because the class of 2013 started school before they were adopted.