New York’s graduation rate ticked upward by a half percentage point to 80.2 percent, an improvement of 11 percentage points from a decade ago, the state Education Department announced Wednesday.

The graduation rate, which reviewed the progress of students who entered high school in 2013, found it had approved from the 79.7 percent of students who graduated in the class of 2012.

Meanwhile, when factoring in August graduates, the graduation rate grew to 82.1 percent, exceeding a federal accountability threshold established in 2010. Growth in graduation rates also was seen in the state’s five largest school districts, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Yonkers and New York City, all of which exceeded the statewide 0.5 percentage point average.

But it was not all good news: School districts with high needs and large city schools continue to have the lowest graduation rates in the state. A gap continues to be seen, too, among black and Hispanic students compared with white students.

SED found the achievement gap stands at about 20 percentage points, though it has been narrowed slightly over the last two years. Graduation rates also declined for English language learners.

“New York’s graduation rate continues its steady, upward trend,” said Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

“We see incremental improvements across the State, holding onto last year’s gains and slowly building upon them. And that’s good news. At the same time, however, troubling gaps in achievement persist, and we must accelerate the pace of improvement. With its focus on equity, the State’s newly approved ESSA plan will help drive the changes we need to ensure all children have the same opportunities for success.”

The graduation rates were cheered by the New York United Teachers, the statewide teachers union.

“Rising graduation rates show the positive effects of strong state aid increases that are coupled with tremendous work by educators and staff,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “In order to maintain this momentum, the state must fully meet the needs of school districts in this year’s budget.”