Saturday, August 27, 2016
Academic Fraud Continues At Some Schools And The DOE Does Not Little About It.
After delaying for six months, the DOE finally released information that 30 high schools violated State and City "credit recovery" guidelines and allowed students undeserved credits to jack up their graduation rates. What discipline did the DOE impose on the school administration? None, that's right, not one school administrator was disciplined, no Principal was fired, fined, or even given a letter to their file. Of the 30 high schools cited, only 10 will be monitored by the DOE (ha, ha) to ensure they don't violate the credit recovery regulations in the future.
Acade4mic fraud in the New York City public schools has not been eradicated but continues to thrive as principals have little to fear if they get caught "gaming the system" as the DOE rather put "lipstick on the pig" then take real educational action for the alleged abuses. Maybe, if the DOE took seriously the many educational abuses found in the schools rather than protect school administrators, we would get a true picture of the student academic achievement at each school. Instead, we end up with highly inflated and bogus graduation rates where over 3 out of every 4 students need to take no credit remedial courses in college and far too many drop out before getting a degree.
Chancellor Carmen Farina and Mayor Bill de Blasio seem to follow the Bloomberg/Klein script that student academic achievement is getting better and the racial/income achievement gap is narrowing when the truth is that any academic improvement is all "smoke and mirrors" and until the administration decides to reduce class sizes, ensure teachers certified in the subject are in front of the classroom, and schools are fully resourced, student academic achievement is just a pipe dream.