The disconnection between the rising graduation rate and college readiness rates clearly shows the questionable value of a new York City high school diploma and the academic achievement gap. In 2015, the city showed that 70.5% of all high school students graduated in four years, while the college and career readiness metric of those graduates only inched up to 35%. That mean that 2 out of 3 New York City's high school graduates are not ready for college or the adult workplace. Think what that means to our economy? I shudder at the thought that the majority of New York City's high school graduates will be relegated to low wage jobs and will require public assistance to support a family to pay the rent and food on the table. All because we fail to make the high school diploma contingent on academic excellence. Just push them out the door with a bogus high school diploma and hope for the best. That's what the DOE does to these unfortunate students.
Next time the Mayor and Chancellor hail the rising graduation rate, ask them how many of those high school graduates are really academically ready for higher learning and the adult work place? See how quiet or evasive they become. "Children last"....always.