Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bronxdale, Another DOE Diploma Mill High School
It has become increasingly clear that the DOE only cares about one thing the, graduation rate! It appears that all other metrics are ignored by the DOE and they want everybody to buy into the fiction that the New York City Public High Schools are producing "college and career ready" students. A case in point, as brought out by the New York Post, is Bronxdale High School, a Bloomberg small school carved out of the old Christopher Columbus High School. This school has a graduation rate of 76% but a "college and career readiness" rate of 4%. That's right, of the 430 students in the school only 17 are ready for post secondary education or a professional career. According to my metric that's a ratio of 19.0 and it ranks with the worst numbers in the City high schools. For Queens high schools you can find their numbers Here.
Bronxdale High School was given a perfect 4 out of 4 for rigorous instruction by a clearly delusional DOE bureaucrat , despite the school's abysmal "college and career readiness" scores. Maybe the DOE evaluator should be evaluated? Insideschools stated that there is a lack of instruction and too much student-based project work as a negative downside to the school. No wonder the dismal metric of 19.0. Moreover, the majority of teachers have less than four years of experience and two thirds are untenured. Furthermore, the school suffers from high teacher turnover and while 57% of the students go on to some sort of post secondary education most end up in a two year community college, taking no-credit remedial courses. You can find the school's snapshot Here.
Bronxdale High School has been in the news before when a Leadership Academy Principal, John Chase Jr, was charged with sexual misconduct and harassment of his "newbie" female teaching staff and retained his position by then Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Tweed until the public outrage forced the DOE to change their mind. You can read my post Here and how the Mayor and Chancellor tried to protect the Principal.
The legacy of the Bloomberg/Klein era of bogus graduation rates and academic fraud continues under Mayor Bill de Blasio and his Chancellor, Carmen Farina. When will the City and the DOE be held accountable for their failure to graduate students who are prepared for the adult world? In my book its educational malfeasance.