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The city's graduation rate dropped to 64.7 percent from 65.5 percent, while the state's rate held steady at 74 percent. This is the first year where students are required to earn a Regents diploma by passing five required state exams with a score of at least 65. In the city, the dropout rate fell to 11.4 percent from 22 percent in 2005, but only 38.4 percent are considered ready for college or a career. About 30 percent of students in the state graduated with a more advanced version of the Regents diploma, an indicator of college and career readiness. Graduation rates in some of the state's other big cities fell far behind New York City's.
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