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  1. Bluto Drunken lout

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    because o' da large numbers nigger & greaser candidates flunkin' it. A high number o' White candidates flunk too, demonstratin', once ag'in, dat edumacation programs largely attracts stupid fucks.
    niggers & spics is a special kind o' stupid or dose who can't do, teach
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    Funny. libshits are delusional. They want high standards but they also want niggers. Memo to libshits: That's called a conundrum. A paradox. A never-the-twain-shall-meet. An impossibility. Good luck with that.
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    High school with 76% grad rate only prepped 4% for college
    By Alex Taylor and Selim Algar
    January 23, 2017 | 9:37pm

    Bronxdale High School
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    Bronxdale HS graduated 76 percent of its students last year — but just 4 percent met CUNY college-readiness standards, The Post has learned.

    Critics blasted the discrepancy, arguing that administrators are sacrificing instruction quality for attractive graduation rates.

    CUNY assesses a variety of student test scores to determine if kids are ready for basic math and English collegiate course work.

    Grads are deemed prepared if they post minimum scores on their SAT, ACT or Regents.

    But at Bronxdale — home to 430 students — just 4 percent of its sizeable graduating class managed to post qualifying scores on those exams. The rest would have to complete remedial course work at CUNY to catch up with their peers.

    “At some point, learning has to become as important — or more important — than just getting them to graduate,” one teacher at The Bronx school told The Post.

    A male junior at the school agreed, lamenting, “Mentally, I don’t feel prepared, because they don’t teach us anything at all.”

    Bronxdale’s graduation rate was higher than the borough average of 66 percent and comfortably beat the city average of 72 percent.

    Yet a total 25 percent of Bronx kids and 37 percent of city students met the CUNY standards, according to DOE data.

    “There’s a sharp disconnect in results based on graduation, proficiency and rigor,” CUNY Graduate Center Professor David Bloomfield said of the school. “No wonder the public gets dizzy with spin. Until these match up, accountability will be lacking.”

    Despite the troubling college- readiness numbers, Bronxdale managed to score an “excellent” rating in the DOE’s “rigorous instruction” category.

    The school received a perfect 4 out of 4 score, which even surpassed Bronx Science’s grade in the same category, which was 3 out of 4 — even though the elite school had 100 percent of its kids college-ready last year, according to the DOE.

    Bronxdale’s curious “rigorous instruction” score was determined by “an experienced educator who visited and evaluated the school on April 12, 2016,” as well as internal school surveys, according to the DOE’s School Quality Snapshot report.

    A DOE rep said the school was making strides and cautioned that the CUNY readiness measure was only one of many collegiate-preparedness metrics.

    He noted that 58 percent of Bronxdale graduates were enrolled in postsecondary schools within six months of graduating last year and that 17 percent successfully completed college-prep classes and assessments.

    “This school offers rigorous course work and support for its students and is progressing on a number of key measures, and we’ll continue to work to strengthen college readiness at this and all schools,” spokesman Will Mantell said.
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    High graduation rates no guarantee kids are ready for college
    By Melissa Klein and Susan Edelman
    February 5, 2017 | 6:48pm

    The building that houses FDNY HS, which has a college readiness rate of 1.9%
    Angel Chevrestt

    Despite a rising citywide graduation rate, the number of students with the skills to succeed in college is alarmingly low — even at some schools that hand out the most diplomas, a Post analysis found.

    College readiness sunk to 1.9 percent last year at the FDNY HS for Fire and Life Safety in Brooklyn, which had an 83 percent graduation rate in 2016, city reports show.

    The school, which has about 335 students, topped the list of high schools run by the Department of Education with the widest gap between graduation and college readiness rates, The Post found.

    Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña cite the city wide 72 percent graduation rate as evidence that schools are improving. Rarely noted — only an average 37 percent of students graduate ready for college.

    That wide gap suggests some NYC high schools hand out sheepskins too freely to inflate their success.

    “These disparities raise questions that need clear explanations,” said David Bloomfield, a Brooklyn College and CUNY Grad School education professor.

    He said the system has long been plagued by ways to “game the graduation rates” such as quickie make-up work for students who fail courses.

    But he added, “Looking at whether students enter and stay in college also needs to be examined to gauge whether the readiness rate is accurate.”

    College readiness is determined when students earn minimum scores on standardized tests such as a 75 on the English Regents exam and 70 on the Common Core Math Regents exam or a minimum 530 on the math SAT or pass certain math courses. Students who meet these thresholds are expected not to need remedial help at CUNY.

    City Comptroller Scott Stringer highlighted the issue in a report last September showing that college readiness rates fell at 16 percent of city schools between 2011 and 2015, with the lowest levels in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

    Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school grads who enrolled as freshmen at a CUNY community college in the fall of 2015 needed remedial help in math, reading and writing, the report found.


    The Post reported last month that Bronxdale HS in Allerton had a 76 percent graduation rate in 2016, but a 4 percent college readiness rate.

    But the stats are even worse at other schools such as Urban Assembly HS of Music and Art in Brooklyn, which boasted a 82.5 percent graduation rate but only 3.8 percent of the senior class was college ready.

    FDNY HS aims to prepare students for college and careers in EMS or firefighting.

    Hollis Moore, 16, an FDNY junior from Queens, said he felt the instruction was good, but that not all of his peers were studious.

    “I’m serious about it,” said Moore. “Most of them just play around.”

    Another junior, Gregory McMullen, 16, of Queens said the “teachers are great,” but “some kids actually want to do good and some kids don’t.”

    The school, one of four housed in the former Thomas Jefferson HS in East New York, admits the shortcomings in its educational plan.

    “Despite our successes with graduating students, we still struggle with the amount of students showing significant scoring increases on the Math and English Regents exams,” the plan says. “The area of focus for this issue is going to be rigorous instruction.”

    The DOE said the school this year started offering three Advanced Placement classes to better prepare kids for college.

    Officials insisted that measures of college readiness, including college enrollment rates, are at record highs. “And we are making unprecedented investments to keep increasing them,” said DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye.

    The DOE lists college readiness rates on annual school “quality snapshot” reports posted on its web site.

    Many charter highs also fared poorly, but cited glitches in the data. The New Visions Charter HS for the Humanities in the Bronx had an 86 percent graduation rate with a college readiness rate of 1.2 percent.

    A New Visions spokesman said the DOE did not count students who had certain math credits, and its readiness rate is higher than reported — although still far below the city average. The charter network did not notice the lapse until contacted by The Post.
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    De Blasio touts record-high public school graduation rate
    By Selim Algar
    February 10, 2017 | 11:20pm

    The city’s public schools saw a record high graduation rate of 72.6 percent in 2016 after five straight years of improvement, officials announced Friday.

    Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña also reported a record low 8.5 percent dropout rate and improved graduation levels for black and Hispanic students.

    Hispanic graduation rates rose to 66.9 percent, a 2.9-percentage-point gain over the prior year. Black graduation rates jumped 2.6 points to 68.1 percent.

    “Our public schools are unquestionably the strongest they’ve ever been. We’re graduating more students than ever before, and we are on track to reach our Equity and Excellence for All goal of 80 percent of students graduating on time,” de Blasio said.

    The teachers union also hailed the results.

    “By focusing our energy and resources on the classroom, we are making a difference for students across the city,” said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.

    But critics noted that the figures were boosted by shifting graduation criteria and the use of credit-recovery programs that *allow kids to complete *remedial work online.

    “Today’s release still highlights serious problems that cannot be ignored,” said charter-school advocate Jenny Sedlis of StudentsFirstNY.

    Despite their graduation advances, minorities still lagged, with whites and Asians posting higher rates of 82.1 and 85.6 percent.

    Dropouts were highest among Hispanic students at 11.2 percent, followed by black students at 8.8 percent, white students at 4.8 percent, and Asian students at 4.6 percent.

    De Blasio also noted that the graduation rate rose 4.8 points to 59.3 percent at the city’s 31 Renewal schools.

    Staten Island saw the city’s highest graduation rate at 79.3 percent, trailed by Queens (75.5 percent), Manhattan (74.6 percent), Brooklyn (72.2 percent) and The Bronx (64.8 percent).

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