Report Says Many Aren’t Ready for College

Scott Waldman, Times Union, January 11, 2012

New York has an achievement problem, according a new report released by education reform advocates on Wednesday.

There is increasing attention given to the importance of the elementary and middle school years in getting students on the path to college. The report shows a “cavernous achievement gap” between white and minority students starts early and only widens as the students enter high school. The report was released by the New York Campaign for Achievement Now, a new education reform group.

While the NYCAN report largely focuses on secondary education, it shows the emergence of disturbing trends that affect the number of students who enter college. The report found that students are segregated by race and class and that only 4.1 percent of black students successfully completed at least one Advanced Placement class, compared to 24.6 percent for New York high school graduates overall. New York ranks 40 out of 45 states for the Hispanic and white achievement gap, the report found.


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  • Anonymous

    same old same old story….blacks cannot achieve so let the hand wringing begin….lets see..the tests are racist…the teachers are racist…the classrooms are racist….in fact the air is racist…so why do asians breeze thru school and into university?

  • A given student who isn’t ready for college after 13 years of elementary, middle and secondary education shouldn’t be going to college.  It’s as simple as that.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Since blacks are far less likely than whites to finish college we must declare universities to be racist institutions (they were created in Europe!) which have a disparate impact on their innocent black victims.

  • Impertinent

    There’s a solution that the miserable failures of the socialists soft bigotry of low expectations never overlook…throw more money at it!!! Pretty soon the cost of edjumacating one minority will reach $100,000 per year. You know…they fail because they’re poor and the system doesn’t spend enough…blah, blah.

  • Why push kids who do not have the grades and test scores to go to college? Why not offer these kids vocational education? There are trades that they can learn that pay as much or more than what the basic college graduate would make.  This would help lower the drop out rate since these are the kids that are prone to drop out.

    • Impertinent

      Cause dealing drugs, sports, bling bling and robbing old ladies is easier? Sorry…60% will wind up in prison anyway.

  • I read somewhere(here?) that theres an “achievement gap” among INFANTS! Hispanic,or Mexican,or Latino–whatever theyre described as,are  behind whites within a few months of   exit from their respective wombs. We need programs to enrich the Hispanic womb! Maria needs to be swigging vitamins and protein drinks,while we attach headphones to her belly with a constant feed of Mozart,interspersed with the audio track of “Stand And Deliver”.Also reruns of “I Love Lucy” need to be piped into the womb,as this will provide a role model for all Hispanics in the form of Ricky Ricardo,who was a great role model. (Lets hope the Hispanics dont turn out like Fred Mertz?) This should do it!!

  • Anonymous

    The same gap, found year after year, in state after state, in grade level after grade level.

    Confirmed in headline after headline, study after study, test result after test result.

    Resistant to increased funding, resistant different strategies, resistant to even the most intensive focused efforts to eradicate it.

    Rationalized by theory after theory, explained away by excuse after excuse, justified by reason after reason.

    Except the most obvious one.

  • Anonymous

    Just put all blacks in protective custody friom birth.  Expensive but necessary.

  • Anonymous

    And the average Bantu IQ of 84 plays no role in their inability to learn?

    And forget Head Start, it’s a proven waste of money.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly… Head Start, school choice, school vouchers and billions of dollars can’t help the IQ/intelligence gap.

  • Jay1

    If you people knew what passed for ‘success’ in black and brown classrooms, you would seriously be stunned into sadness and disbelief.  I work in such places.  Poster boards with crayon, markers and cut-and-pasted articles from the internet are considered higher order research!