State Education Department announces City’s high school graduation rate has reached 72.7%, for the group that started in 2014 and finished in June 2018, four years later. Some students finish up in August, getting their credits in that summer. Others( last year, 2017, about 11%, are still enrolled)http://www.nysed.gov/news/2019/state-education-department-releases-2014-cohort-high-school-graduation-rates . In 2004 56.4% graduated on time, in 2001 only 46.5% finished on time. The percentage of the group that started in the ninth grade in 2011 and finished on time in Mayor De Blasio’s first year, 2014, was 67.2%. Once again, many kids stay in school and finish high school in their fifth or sixth year.