The number of Latino graduates in New York City increased 54 percent between 2005 and 2012, despite more stringent educational standards. EFE/File
New York, Jun 17 (EFE).- The number of Latino students who graduated from New York City's public schools increased by 54 percent in 2012, compared to figures from 2005, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday.
"Over the last 10 years, our students have made tremendous gains, meeting higher standards and learning the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century," the mayor said in a statement
Despite the fact that the requirements for graduation in New York state are more stringent than even, the graduation rate in the Big Apple has increased by more than 39 percent since 2005, an increase of 57,000 graduates.
Since 2005, the difference in graduation rates among Hispanics and whites declined by 23 percent, as did the gap between blacks and whites.
The graduation rate for Hispanics rose 54 percent since 2005, compared with a 50 percent rise among blacks.
Graduation rates for Asian and white students climbed 24 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
Another positive piece of news is that the dropout rate decreased from 22 percent in 2005 to 11.4 percent last year.
"Today, more students go to high quality schools where teachers know each student well and support all students on their path towards success in college and careers," city schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.