Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Proof That The Graduation Rate Is Bogus.
Since the Bloomberg era the high school graduation rate has steadily increased from 50% in 2000 to 76% in the last school year. Of course Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio has claimed that their education reforms are making more high school graduates college and career ready. The truth is far different. A recent study by the Center For An Urban Future showed that only 22% of CUNY Community College students graduate with an associates degree within three years. The lowest numbers were in the Bronx with only a 16% graduation rate. The report stated the following:
The disappointingly low community college graduation rate clearly demonstrates that the high school graduation rate does not make the high school graduate ready for the adult world. The report includes the following paragraph that peopple should take notice.
These low college completion rates are particularly troubling at a time when a college credential has become the floor to achieving economic success. Indeed, 20 of the 25 fastest-growing occupations in the city that pay over $50,000 annually require a college degree.7 Citywide, the average working adult with only a high school diploma earns 32 percent less annually than a worker with an associate’s degree ($27,259 a year versus $36,101) and less than half the earnings of a New Yorker with a bachelors degree ($54,939).8
The poor community college graduation rate of 22% is an improvement from the 13% in 2008 but still that leaves 78% who don't graduate college in a reasonable time. The three neighborhoods with the lowest percentage of Bachelor degrees are Mott Haven (9%), Brownsville (11%) and Soundeview (12%), Manhattan has the highest percentage at 60% and the Bronx the lowest at 19%.
The bottom line with almost 8 out of 10 nyc high school graduates unprepared for higher education, one must question the high school graduation rate and the diploma mills that are many of our high schools.