NY state graduation rates rose slightly from 79.7 percent in June 2016 to 80.2 percent last June.
Dropout rates also hit a historic low previous year, dipping by 0.6 points to 7.8 percent citywide.
But black and Hispanic kids continued to graduate at lower rates than their white peers.
Graduation rates show an "upward trend" statewide.
"The District's 2017 growth in graduation rate, while incremental, shows that students are pursuing and earning more rigorous diplomas.
In order to achieve real progress in student outcomes including graduation rates in high need districts, many of which serve Black, Brown and low-income communities, the Governor and State Legislature need to commit to fully funding equity in this year's budget with a commitment to fully phase in the Foundation Aid formula". "We think that really is the agenda that is most important".
On Wednesday, Elia noted that "troubling gaps in achievement persist", such as the difference between wealthy and poor districts and white students compared to minority students and said "we must accelerate the pace of improvement".
A record number of seniors graduated from city high schools past year, Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday.
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City Education Department officials wouldn't provide any data on the use of credit-recovery programs that may have influenced the city's graduation rates. She said it is close to 20-percentage points.
The District held onto last year's gains, slowly improving on them through the New Education Bargain (NEB).
There was no change in the percentage of students who dropped out from 2016 to 2017.
"New York City is showing that when we invest in our students, they rise to the challenge and do better and better", de Blasio said at a press conference to announce the grad rates at South Bronx Preparatory High School.
Among large urban districts, Buffalo (62.7 percent), Yonkers (82.8 percent) and Rochester (51.9 percent) improved, while Syracuse saw a slight dip in its June graduation rate, to 60. Last year, the Legislature approved increased funding for college and career advising and the State Board has requested an additional $5 million this year to expand those efforts to freshmen and sophomore students.
High school students are also seeing unprecedented District support through Virtual Academies, the promise of a college scholarship through our Say Yes partnership, and via our eight New Innovative High Schools. So we have focused our attention and the regions attention on equity.
The state's rate has ticked up each of the past five years, steadily increasing from 74.9 percent in 2013 after remaining flat at 74 percent in 2011 and 2012.