"While students should be praised for higher graduation rates, today's release still highlights serious problems that cannot be ignored.
- While the achievement gap has gotten incrementally better, it is still unacceptably large.
- The ELL graduation rate has dropped by 10 points (according to SED it was 41% in 2015 and is now 31%) and the ELL dropout rate has increased to 27% from 21.6% -- what accounts for this change?
- The college readiness rate remains unacceptably low and there are still 73 high schools with single digit college readiness levels.
- There are still diploma mill high schools with inflated graduation stats that mask horrible college readiness rates, for example:
- Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts had a grad rate of 98% vs. 18% College Readiness Index (CRI)
- Brooklyn School for Music & Theatre had a grad rate of 90% vs.12% CRI
- Bronx Early College Academy for Teaching & Learning had a grad rate of 93% vs. 18% CRI
- The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance had a grad rate of 72% vs. 0% CRI
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