More students than ever are earning their high school diploma.
According to state officials, in 2017, about 9,900 students took advantage of an alternative-test or credential option, while 315 students with disabilities used the new option for them. In 2016, around 1,300 students successfully appealed a failed test score; no statistics for 2017 are available.
College Readiness at 64 Percent
Among the city’s 2017 high school graduates, 64 percent also earned test scores determining that they were ready for college-level work, in accordance with City University of New York’s benchmark standards. While CUNY has also eased its admission requirements, its academic standards are still some of the most rigorous in the country.
Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg of the education department said they are working on decreasing the number of students that need remedial classes.
“We will work toward making sure none of our students need remediation when they get to college,” Weinberg said in a statement. “But that’s a long game for us and we continue to move in that direction.”