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Almost 80% of NYC High School Graduates Need Remedial Classes Before Attending Community College

USNbubblehead Wrote: Mar 10, 2013 4:00 PM
I saw this first-hand when I went back to school at a local community college just a few years ago. The washout rate that first semester among the eighteen to twenty four year-old group was close to 50%. Of course, not all those who wash out are incapable of doing the work, often its the case of just plain choosing not to. Many high schools cannot give a student an F and instead can only give a D as the lowest grade. When they get to community college, they figure its still a free ride. They are shocked and outraged when this turns out not to be true.

Put another way, only about 20 percent of students who graduate high school in New York City are academically prepared to take -- and presumably pass -- college courses. This should be a wake-up call, America (via CBS New York):

Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills before they can enter the City University’s community college system.

The number of kids behind the 8-ball is the highest in years, CBS 2's Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.

When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough...