Ready for School?

The Story

As the first day of school approaches for New York City’s 1.1 million students, the city Department of Education faces some serious challenges. High school graduation rates are up, but questions linger about readiness for the future. Is the city’s school system really doing its best to prepare students?

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. AP: The administration’s push to provide AP classes for all has resulted in more kids taking AP exams, though only half of all test-takers received a qualifying score. Read more.

  2. Remedial: CUNY’s move away from testing to determine which students need remediation will help mask the Department of Education’s inadequacy in preparing students for college work. Read more.

  3. Work: The emphasis on “college for all” has a negative impact on kids not inclined for college, and who would benefit from robust workforce training. Read more.

“If more people were aware of how badly the school system performs, there’s no telling what might happen.”

Bob McManus, City Journal contributing editor

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

“Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech are everything the public school system has mistakenly tried to eradicate.”

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