Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Few NY State HS Grads Prepared For College

Board of Regents released a new set of graduation statistics on Monday that show less than half of students in the state are leaving high school prepared for college and well-paying careers. In Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers, less than 17 percent of students met the proposed standards, including just 5 percent in Rochester.


SCATS ~~ I'd love to see the stats on Greece, especially for the number of HS grads who don't/can't successfully complete college.

* This is BLOG #2400!


Anonymous said...

GCSD Announces proudly GCSD intends to be the first District in the State to bus its graduates directly from Graduation to Monroe County Social Services to sign up for WELFARE.

GCSD considers this just the next step in their long road of Transportation Based Education.

Lets just be honest, FEW NY State HS grads are prepared for an entry level job in Fast Food.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree. Greece is now a low income community. Really sad,

SCATS said...

To 9:10PM ~~ A former candidate for the BOE called Greece a blue collar community and it cost him an election. That was actually a compliment, wasn't it?

Anonymous said...

Somehow, I don't think Greece's is that great either. Last night Channel 10 had an interview with a Greece Odyssey Grad who enrolled in the MCC developmental courses.

SCATS said...

To 8:06AM ~~ Good catch! Here's what that Odyssey grad told WHEC:
“I wasn't always a very good student in math, I've always been good in English but I needed some help in my reading and writing.” Faith Beaty plans to graduate from Monroe Community College in December with a degree in human services. In the beginning, it was an up hill climb. The Greece Odyssey grad says she wasn't ready for college and needed some extra help. “Student support services helping with TRS courses really help you develop who you are and get you on the right path to where it is you need to be.”

Beaty is talking about developmental courses offered through the transitional studies program at MCC. A little more than a quarter of all students entering MCC take at least one these courses.

“We provide a variety of courses at different levels for students to work on reading skills, math skills, writing skills. Also have a college wide course where we teach students how to navigate college.” Carol Adams is the dean of interdisciplinary programs at MCC. It's the department that offers the transitional studies program. Adams is concerned. She says she seeing more and more students who aren't ready for college. “The numbers are growing, they have been growing. I've been here 30 years so at this particular time I can say it's a national and local crisis. We all need to be involved.”

Adams says some students don't have even basic high school skills but the program is geared toward helping every student --some who are veterans, adults returning to college and others. She says the college is committed to helping all students who want a college education. “I think we have a college that is supportive of helping students. It starts at the top with our president.”

Beaty will tell you the program works. “When you go through those courses it helps you as a college student but not only that, it helps you be able to further who you are to go into the world."

Anonymous said...

PArt of the reason kids are not prepared is social promotion and lack of real grading. Everyone has to "get good grades" or they will feel bad about themselves. GCSD does this all the time, we can't give them an F on a test it would hurt them emotionally so let them "buy some extra credit" to raise the grade.

Ponder this my student scores a 2 on the NYS math 2 consecutive year but her report card reflects an "A" every quarter...I know as a parent this is not reality. ( and yes I have addressed it numerous times at the school and DO.

SCATS said...

To 9:33AM ~~ You've hit on one of my biggest pet peeves! How can 35% of Odyssey's graduating class be named valedictorian/saluatatorian? How can the masses at Apollo make Honor Roll the same year they make it onto a NY State watch list for under-performing?

ANSWER: Grades are based on what you did (attended class, turned in homework, class participation, etc) while NY Syate tests are based upon what the kids actually know. Big disconnect between the two!

Anonymous said...

SCATS @ 9:53, I think the problem lies with teaching and studying just for a test. Once the test is over, the information that was crammed for that event isn't necessarily learned.

Anonymous said...

But even if the students forget the material right after a test, they have still practiced the skill of memorizing and focusing on a goal even for a short time. That skill, constantly practiced, should improve.
I think for starters, we should require all HS students to take a minimum number of course hours even if they don't need them to graduate. If a student only needs two courses, let them take an elective or an AP course. Taking the senior year "off" is no way to prepare for college or work.

SCATS said...

To 8:43AM ~~ I agree about requiring a minimum number of course hours. Sadly, our BOE is eliminating more & more electives and praying that seniors leave for home after taking the least possible.