Sunday, April 15, 2018
Academic Fraud Is Pervasive In The NYC Public School System.
One of the challenges the new Chancellor must address and correct is the "academic fraud" issue. While graduation rates keep going up, the "college and career readiness" rates are abysmally low, with 3 out of every 4 high school graduates are subject to no credit remedial course work and many employers complain that the high school graduates are found lacking in academic skills to do the job properly.
The academic fraud is due to DOE pressure on schools to raise their graduation rate "by any means possible". That includes "credit recovery" programs that lack any rigor or even an instructor!, scholarship quotas that require up to 85% of the students in the classroom to pass, and Principal pressure to pass failing students or get a negative evaluation.
In yesterday's New York Post there was an Opinion piece by a retired teacher who worked at John Dewey High School and described how the DOE stubbornly refused to take action against the Principal for her "easy pass" program that skyrocketed the graduation rate but hurt students academically. You can read it Here.
Academic fraud is pervasive throughout the school system and is a running joke. Until and unless the new Chancellor addresses the academic fraud issue, all other changes will not alter the educational landscape where students graduate unprepared for the real world.