High School Graduation Rates

New York Finger Lakes Region

The relationship between education and health is complex and bi-directional. On the one hand, current health issues can impact a student’s ability to learn. Additionally, educational achievement can be predictive of longer-term socioeconomic status and health outcomes. The data below from the New York State Education Department shows there are large disparities in educational outcomes related to race/ethnicity and economic status at both student family and district levels.

The chart on left side below shows four-year high school graduation rates across the Finger Lakes region segmented by student race/ethnicity. The graduation rate among non-Latino whites (88 percent) is much higher than the Latino and African-American rates (64 and 62 percent respectively.)

The right-hand chart segments students based on whether or not they are considered economically disadvantaged based on their family’s participation in economic assistance programs such as the free or reduced-price lunch programs, Social Security Insurance (SSI), Food Stamps, or Family Assistance: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Regardless of race/ethnicity or location, the economically disadvantaged students have a much lower graduation rate (69 percent) compared to the not economically disadvantaged students (92 percent).

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