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Officials: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM
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To Combat Problem, CUNY Starts Low-Cost Immersion Remedial Program

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an education bombshell.

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.

To meet the needs of the students, City University has launched a special program called CUNY Start. It provides low-cost immersion classes. Sherry Mason teaches a writing class.

“They get lost sometimes in the classroom and in CUNY Start we give them a lot more one-on-one attention, small group work. It helps them achieve more in a short amount of time and so they’re able to get on with their credit classes,” Mason said.

Nicholas Gonzalez, a graduate of New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, participated in the CUNY Start program. He said he would never had been able to face college credit classes without it.

“I was nervous 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 going to be so well, so it’s better off starting somewhere.”

In its defense, the NYC Department of Education said it has raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent over the last seven years. And that the number of students needing remedial courses to do college work has declined slightly — by half a percentage point overall.

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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:09 AM
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Your title is false, they aren't ready for COLLEGE level work
Quote:

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.


candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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Not my title


In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Your title is false, they aren't ready for COLLEGE level work
Quote:

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.




sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:22 AM
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No where in the article does it say they cannot read it says they are nor prepared for college level work. That is bad enough without the dramatization

Quoting candlegal:

Not my title


In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Your title is false, they aren't ready for COLLEGE level work
Quote:

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.





SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:26 AM

While it truly GUILS me to agree with the OP I am in NC within the Johnston County Limits (Raleigh is less then 15 Mins away) There is a little truth to the tale.. Its a stretch but All the schools across the country are failing in this sadly.. Thankfully I have been blessed with brighter then average children and teachers who care so far... While my High School student isn't doing well the school isn't failing her she is failing the school she is in.. Her reading Comp has been several grades higher since she started school so while she could move on to college at a level appropriate she just chooses not too.

candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:26 AM
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Mike Bloomberg’s New York: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

Posted by on Mar 07, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Look at the bright side: At least they’re eating less salt, sugar, consuming smaller beverages and turning their earbuds down to more manageable levels so as not to offend. So they can’t read? Who are we to judge the incompetent teachers and apathetic parents?

It’s an education bombshell.

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.

They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.

Maybe we should thrown more money at the problem.

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romalove
by Roma on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:28 AM
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Nonsense.  Cannot read?  At all?  Or cannot read at college level to do college level work?

Sensationalism doesn't help.

SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:29 AM

This isn't a new Problem its an old one.. when I Graduated from HS I had to relearn basics in college and I went to a pretty damn good high school at the time.. Ranked Higher then most and Smaller then average and its Damn near 20yrs since I left school.

SilverSterling
by MrsSilverusSnape on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Speaking only as a Mother with kids in NC school system.. The answer is on Level.. They push reading starting in preschool.. I have kids in Preschool 4th, 6th and 11th (broad enough to know what was expected and what is now expected)

Quoting romalove:

Nonsense.  Cannot read?  At all?  Or cannot read at college level to do college level work?

Sensationalism doesn't help.


candlegal
by Judy on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:32 AM

oh my

:)

This has been coming for a long time and I wonder when people are going to take the education of their own children back.

Quoting SilverSterling:

While it truly GUILS me to agree with the OP I am in NC within the Johnston County Limits (Raleigh is less then 15 Mins away) There is a little truth to the tale.. Its a stretch but All the schools across the country are failing in this sadly.. Thankfully I have been blessed with brighter then average children and teachers who care so far... While my High School student isn't doing well the school isn't failing her she is failing the school she is in.. Her reading Comp has been several grades higher since she started school so while she could move on to college at a level appropriate she just chooses not too.


romalove
by Roma on Mar. 8, 2013 at 6:33 AM


Quoting SilverSterling:

Speaking only as a Mother with kids in NC school system.. The answer is on Level.. They push reading starting in preschool.. I have kids in Preschool 4th, 6th and 11th (broad enough to know what was expected and what is now expected)

Quoting romalove:

Nonsense.  Cannot read?  At all?  Or cannot read at college level to do college level work?

Sensationalism doesn't help.


NC?  Do you mean NYC?

I graduated from high school in Staten Island (Tottenville).  I know there are Regents tests and standards for a Regents diploma, but you can get a non-Regents diploma.


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