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High graduation rates no guarantee kids are ready for college

February 6, 2017
in Kids

Despite a rising citywide graduation rate, the number of students with the skills to succeed in college is alarmingly low — even at some schools that hand out the most diplomas, a Post analysis found. College readiness sunk to 1.9 percent last year at the FDNY HS for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn, which had an 83 percent graduation rate in 2016, city reports show. The school, which has about 335 students, topped the list of high schools run by the Department of Education with the widest gap between graduation and college readiness rates, The Post found. Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña cite the city wide 72 percent graduation rate as evidence that schools are improving. Rarely noted — only an average 37 percent of students graduate ready for college. That wide gap suggests some NYC high schools hand out sheepskins too freely to inflate their success. “These disparities raise questions that need clear explanations,” said David Bloomfield, a Brooklyn College and CUNY Grad School education professor. He said the system has long been plagued by ways to “game the graduation rates” such as quickie make-up work for students who fail courses. But he added, “Looking at whether students enter and stay in college also needs to be examined to gauge whether the readiness rate is accurate.” College readiness is determined when students earn minimum scores on standardized...

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