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Feb 16 2017

New York Educrats Figure Out How to Boost Graduation Rates

Hats off to New York educrats who have figured out how to boost graduation rates:

The New York State Education Department said on Friday that the high school graduation rate hit a new high of 79.4 percent in 2016, an increase of 1.3 points from 2015 and more than 12 points from a decade ago.

This miraculous feat was accomplished at least in part the liberal egalitarian way: by lowering standards.

Among other changes, the Board of Regents, the body that governs the state’s education system, made it possible for students with disabilities to graduate by passing two Regents exams, rather than five, if they showed proficiency in the other subjects through coursework.

By “disabilities,” they aren’t talking about people whose legs have been blown off by terrorist IEDs. Learning disabilities are very different.

I am not lousy at math. I am math-disabled. So don’t discriminate against me by expecting me to pass a math test.

Additionally, the Regents allowed more students to appeal to their districts to graduate despite falling slightly short on one or two Regents exams.

The word “flunking” is offensive. Now we must say, “falling slightly short.”

City University of New York has applied a similar strategy to improve the numbers.

Bill de Blasio noted that the share of students who met the City University of New York’s standards for college readiness in English and math had hit a high of 37.2 percent in 2016. There was a change in that standard, as well: CUNY lowered its bar for college readiness on the algebra Regents exam to a score of 70 from 80 because the state had switched to a harder test.

That much harder? I doubt it.

Now for some bad news. The hordes of immigrants who have been flooding in from the Third World are not making it through school:

There was a sharp drop in the graduation rate among students still learning English, who are generally recent immigrants. The graduation rate for these students declined to 26.6 percent in 2016 from 33.8 percent in 2015.

No worries; this is nothing that can’t be fixed by lowering standards still further. Maybe they should grant honorary degrees to any recent immigrants or their offspring who can mark Democrat on a ballot and find their way to the welfare office. What else do they need to know?

kid-dunce-hat
Will get straight A’s after standards adjustment.

On a tip from rpp618.



  • Auburn Rapunzel

    And the teachers will be pressured to make the coursework easier, to the point of being mere busywork.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    If you can color within the lines most of the time, you should be able to both graduate and go on to college.

    It is for the greater good.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    These “dreamers” who are dropping out of school are not going to be good as construction framers or at hanging drywall. Maybe they, too, will turn to selling drugs and listening to rap.

  • MAS

    Nothing new here, this is the reason home educated kids have been regularly kicking the stuffing out of government school “educated” kids in any academic competition in which the government schools allow open competition.

  • Auburn Rapunzel

    Soon, society will be neatly divided between the Rights and the People of Coloring…

  • Marylou

    “I am not lousy at math. I am math-disabled. So don’t discriminate against me by expecting me to pass a math test.”

    Yeah! That’s the line I should have thought of 50+ years ago to justify my grades in algebra which no employer has even asked about in all these years.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Now that is funny!!!

  • bls46

    Just hope your building engineer/your surgeon/ your pilot are part of these ‘participation’ trophy classes ~

  • ICEvictim
  • ICEvictim

    very likely with PC quota queen hiring

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