Mike Bloomberg’s New York: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read

Posted by on Mar 07, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Look at the bright side: At least they’re eating less salt, sugar, consuming smaller beverages and turning their earbuds down to more manageable levels so as not to offend. So they can’t read? Who are we to judge the incompetent teachers and apathetic parents?

It’s an education bombshell.

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.

They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.

Maybe we should thrown more money at the problem.

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5 Responses to “Mike Bloomberg’s New York: 80 Percent Of Recent NYC High School Graduates Cannot Read”

  1. Vic Kelley on 7/07/13 at 8:53 pm

    FL is abandoning the FCAT achievement test because of similar levels of nonperformance by its coloreds. Instead of holding coloreds accountable FL is just giving up. Eventually NYC will smarten up and do the same. It’s a waste of time to test our coloreds. They’re failures.

  2. Blue Hen on 8/08/13 at 10:10 am

    Soooo. Not only can they not buy a Big Gulp, they couldn’t read the side of the cup. To a leftist, this is success. But then, so is firing a shotgun through a closed door. or fucking around with WH tours while going golfing. And remember folks, Gov Cuomo of New York conspired with teachers unions to hide their evaluations. And this SOB wants to be president after El Jefe descends from the plinth.

  3. MT Geoff on 8/08/13 at 12:07 pm

    There’s a big difference between actually not being able to read and needing a remedial course to do college work. I grant you that, with NY’s community college system, the gap may be smaller than one would hope. But even NY is not cranking out 80% actual illiterates.
    NY could well be cranking out 70-80% who read so poorly that they actually think Mayor Bloomberg’s policies are a good idea, but then a few people who can read college-level material think so too.
    This news is bad enough; the “can’t read” part is hyperbole. Let’s leave hyperbole to the “progressives”.

  4. Randall America on 11/11/13 at 3:58 am

    I think what this shows is that 80% of NY high school graduates lack the basic skills to do college level work. As an example. critical analysis, composition, comprehension, basic math skills and the ability to write basic English. Since college is supposed to be for the best of the students coming from high school, this represents a complete failure of the educational system. Or perhaps (MT Geoff) is attempting to defend a system that “graduates” students who cannot read, write or balance a checkbook, since these skills will be unneeded by any but college students? I find confusing his reference to ” a few people who can read college-level material think so too.” By which I refer to a White House and Congress that are overwhelmingly college graduates, yet go along with policies that led directly to the current abysmal state of education. And let us not even consider the very small percentage that actually graduate from NY high schools. Randall