Sunday, September 23, 2018
The Disconnect Between Graduating High School And Graduating College - Case Study Newark, New Jersey.
The Department Of Education (DOE) in urban areas brag how their high school graduation rate is increasing. The problem is that most educators know that the high school graduation rate is bogus as it's artificially inflated by phony credit recovery courses, administrative pressure to pass undeserving students and grade fixing. Of course when some of them end up in college, an unpleasant surprise often awaits them. First, they are required to take no credit remedial courses. Second, they quickly find out that college is a "sink or swim" environment with no hand holding by the professor. Either you do the work or fail and many end up dropping out.
A case study is Newark New Jersey. The data shows that Newark's graduation rate has skyrocketed to 73.47% . Unfortunately, only 13.7% of those high school graduates actually got a degree of any kind, according to New Jersey's Open Data Network. According to Chalkbest, 51% of Newark's high school graduates who went directly to college, did better but still disappointing with only 39% of them receiving a degree of any kind.
The Mayor's goal is that 25% of all high school graduates receive a college degree by 2025 he hopes to do this by adding "rigor" to the high school curriculum but if the high schools still use phony credit recovery and grade fixing, the Mayor's goal is simply wishful thinking.