High School Graduation Rates by Race/Ethnicity and District Needs

New York Finger Lakes Region

The chart highlights disparities in graduation rate based on two factors: a school district’s level of need, and student race and ethnicity. The state identifies a district’s level of need using a Need/Resource Capacity formula. The graduation rate is defined as the percentage of students from the 2018 ninth grade cohort that graduated on-time in 2022.


There are large disparities in graduation rates related to school district. As a district’s level of need increases, the graduation rates decline. This pattern holds true across all races and ethnicities. It is also notable that regardless of the level of need within a district, the graduation rates of White students are consistently higher than the rates of Black and Latino students.


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