Thursday, December 06, 2018
NYC Public School Students Had Lower English And Math Regents Passing Rates - So Much For DOE's Claim Of Academic Improvement.
It appears that the DOE's claim that students academic achievement is getting better took a major blow when the New York State Regents results came in. Both in English and Math there were significant drops in the passing rate. According to the New York Daily News, English passing rates dropped 7% from 77.7% last year to 72.2% this school year. While the Math Regents drop was 9% from 66.2% to 60.5%.
While the English and Math Regents passing rate dropped, at the same time the high school graduation rate increased. This shows the disconnect between the graduation rate and student academic achievement. In other words the New York City schools are graduating students who are unprepared academically for the adult world .
Interestingly, the DOE cited the improved graduation rate as proof of student academic achievement while claiming that the lower Regents passing percentage was due to this year's harder Regents which the State denies. Based upon my previous posts on the graduation rate, I suspect the State is correct.
Further proof, I did an analysis of all Queens, unscreened high schools and that shows the disconnect. In addition, here are the Queens high schools that had poor college readiness scores.