Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that New York City’s four-year high school graduation rate hit a historic high in 2016 – 72.6 percent. The dropout rate also fell to the lowest ever – 8.5 percent. And these improvements were spread across all parts of the City. Both the graduation and dropout rates were highest for Hispanic and Black students, and every single borough saw its graduation rate increase and dropout rate decrease. The Bronx saw the highest increase in graduation rate.

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To read more, check out the Mayor’s and Chancellor’s announcement.

Posted by The Morning Bell

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  1. What% are college ready?

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  2. These are positive news and we should all celebrate, but with healthy skepticism. Changing metrics for graduation, including an easing off of the cut-off point in Regents tests, in a backdrop of what are, and have always been, very low graduation credit expectations when one compares to any developed nation. I’ve led schools in the city where by 9th grade kids have completed their Regents examinations graduation requirements. NYSED grad expectations are disconcertingly low, and we do not offer anywhere near a world class education. My two children, who go to one of the better public schools, don’t have a second language class, have one period of PE per week (indoors, despite they being only 2 blocks from Central Park!), their science class is a total joke (despite having the AMNH just 4 blocks away), they have no philosophy of critical thinking for children, and their enrichment programs consists of choir, theatre, chess and a random cooking class. The school regularly has to petition for paper towels and typing paper donations, they do, maybe, a fieldtrip per semester. There is so much room for improvement, for using the city as a classroom, for expaning STEM offerrings, for adding tinkering, legorobotics, construction classes, for making schooling exciting and demanding. We are so far behind and getting left behind in the world class education revolution.

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