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– When the state released graduation rate figures, it also included college readiness data. The state calculates the “aspirational performance measure” by looking at the number of students who graduated in four years and scored 80 percent or higher on a Regents math test and 75 percent or higher on a Regents English test.

That doesn’t sound like a big hill to climb. Students have to get a mediocre score on two tests in their high school careers.

But only 6.2 percent of Rochester graduates met the requirement last year. That means out of 100 students who started as freshmen in 2007, 55 did not graduate in June 2011. Of the 45 who did graduate, only 3 are ready for college.

Think about that. Only 3 out of 100 students who enter the City School District in ninth grade will graduate on time and ready for college.

While the stats for the RCSD are shocking, only on suburban district exceeded 80 percent college-readiness rate:

  • Rush-Henrietta: 45%
  • Brockport 44%
  • Webster 60%
  • Wheatland 62%
  • Churchville-Chili 63%
  • Pittsford 83%
  • East Rochester 37%
  • Fairport 71%
  • Penfield 67%
  • Hilton 51%
  • Spencerport 54%
  • Honeoye Falls 70%
  • West Irondequoit 63%
  • East Irondequoit 35%
  • Greece 35%
  • Gates-Chili 42%
  • Brighton 71%

– Eight thousand children who live in the City of Rochester do not attend city schools. Rather, they attend private or parochial schools.  This goes a long way in explaining why our schools are so segregated. Census data shows the city is more than 40 percent white, but the schools are only 11 percent white.

 – Buffalo has a new superintendent.

– Xerox wants a gigantic reduction in property tax assessment in Webster and the city. Webster alone would lose more than $2 million. The town supervisor points out the company already get sa ton of help from taxpayers.

– Backlogs are at the center of the firing of the Monroe County crime lab director.  Janet Anderson-Seaquist managed to cut the DNA testing backlog in half, but was that because she refused to test so much evidence and gave some of it back?

Police and prosecutors are willing to let her hang out there to dry, but what responsibility do they bear? Knowing a lab is backed up and prioritizes cases, did they ever call her up and say, “Hey, where’s my test results? I’m working this case hard.” Obviously not. The cases she got in trouble for sending back had been forgotten by everyone.

– The state liquor board is being ridiculous. Zeppa Bistro, in a South Wedge building that’s had a liquor license for more than a century, faces closure because it’s near a church. The pastor supports the business, but the state is still giving the restaurant a hard time.

– Syracuse only has a few dozen electric and hybrid vehicles on the road, but it has 68 charging stations. All of them are little-used – and now have to be replaced.

5 Responses to 3 out of 100

  1. I don’t follow this all that closely. Regardless of the preparedness numbers, do we know what percentage of Monroe County area kids actually end up going to college? Just trying to put this in context.

    (Obviously, the RCSD numbers are deplorable. I do NOT envy city teachers and administrators.)

  2. I often wonder if a metro school system would work well for Monroe County, whereby the same set of standards would apply to all segments. At the very least, a study should be implemented to explore this possibility. Something is obviously very wrong within the City School District, as evidenced by the low graduation statistics. There are no easy solutions, and thinking outside the box may become necessary.

  3. incredible stats.

    metro-system? what makes you think locking kids-up in big boxes out in the burbs instead of the city would make that big a difference? The burbs profit from involved parents and guardians, not syllabus. Sometimes the parents are a little too involved, actually.

    It starts in the home, like with reading to the kids when they’re tiny and letting them count pennies at the kitchen table and pay for things to learn how to get proper change, and going to museums and art galleries and proper diet and sleep.

    Judas priest.

  4. June 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm lynn e responds:

    Please stop and think how arbitrary this college readiness rate is,some organization or the state suddenly decides to tell people 85% or 75% is college ready? And the media and others sucked it right in. It’s just another way of saying public schools are failing and something must be done! Like privatization? We know the poverty rate in the city and that poor people do worse in school,jobs,etc. Theses numbers basically identify poverty and schools can’t overcome that.

  5. June 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm carole m responds:

    What might be more useful is data projecting job readiness, assessing whether schools are adequately providing job skills training. Schools should be focusing a good percentage of their time on that. Thinking outside of the box is definitely required in order to turn things around. Thinking realistically is also important. Data that tells us how unready our city students are for college puts our focus on the wrong arena. Let’s prepare students for the real world; one that needs auto mechanics, electricians, plumbers, nurses, EMT’s, and carpenters.

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