Open Phones: Improving Graduation Rates

Friday, April 22, 2011

At Chelsea High teachers and administrators are trying to figure out how to get more kids to walk the aisle. Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter, reported on the school's struggle to lower its drop-out rate. 

Teachers: What do you think is the most important way to improve graduation rate?


Beth Fertig

Comments [4]


Where is the idea coming from that anyone with a 75 on an English Regents exam is ready for college? That's ridiculous!

Apr. 23 2011 04:50 PM

Expose the truth about "credit recovery." This outrageous practice is training young people to game the system. It's truly shameful.

Apr. 23 2011 04:40 PM
StudentAdvocate from NYC

One good way to improve graduations rates that no one is talking about is to reduce the number of student suspensions (using other forms of punishment for less severe misconduct) or at least making sure that students who are suspended are receiving actually doing their school work during the time that they are assigned to suspension schools so that they have not fallen behind by the time their suspension is over. This is a broad problem, especially in schools made up largely of students of color where students are more likely to be suspended for every minor infraction.

Apr. 22 2011 03:46 PM
RJ from prospect hts

Mayor Bloomberg and Joel Klein's response to the recalculated test scores, showing much higher failure rates than they'd touted, was that they'd increased graduation rates. What no one asked was, what was the relationship of the graduation rates to the false higher scores? The emphasis on test scores to grad rates is false, because then they are not successful in either vocational training or college education. The college of Brockton HS profiled in the Times recently showed how an intense focus not only on reading and writing but on *thought* increased actual achievement.

Apr. 22 2011 10:56 AM

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