At CBS New York
, the percentage of New York City high school graduates who can't read is now as high as 80%. The graduates from high schools simply don't have the basic skill sets which will allow them to succeed in college, even the community colleges.
is a remedial program begun by City University community college to address the failure of the unionized teachers, and the NYC school system to give high school students the underlying foundation of math, reading, and writing skills.
80% of recent graduates equates to more than 11,000 students who managed to achieve the goal of getting a diploma, but who simply wouldn't be able to read what was on that piece of paper.
Students who enroll in the CUNY Start program get a great deal more of the one on one attention which seems to give them a chance at success.
Nicholas Gonzalez is one student who entered the program after graduating from Utrecht High school:
“I was nervus (sic) about how hard it was going to be, how much of a change it was going to be from high school,” Gonzalez said. “I knew I needed to take remedial, If I started right away with credit classes it wasnt (sic) going to be so well, so it’s better off starting somewhere.”
Note to readers: The spelling errors in the above quote are not the fault of Gonzales, they are how the person who wrote the article spelled the words. (which have now been corrected after they read the comments section in the article)
In a response to the report, the NYC Dept. of Education reported (in the article) that graduation rates had increased by 40% in the past seven years, along with a corresponding 0.5% drop in the number of students requiring remedial help to succeed in college.
Overall, the report seems to speak poorly of the public education system in New York City. Would your local school system fair better?