The rate of New York state high-school students graduating in four years increased by less than 1 percentage point, to 72%, during the 2008-09 school year. Education officials were pleased with the increases but said the state's schools will make changes to boost graduation rates among English-language learners and students with disabilities, who had a six-year graduation rate of 44%. In New York City, the overall four-year graduation rate was 59% during the same time period, but the rate was less than 25% for students in special education.

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