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Officials: Most NYC High School Grads Need Remedial Help Before Entering CUNY Community Colleges

Basic Skills Like Reading, Writing And Math Need To Be Re-Learned
NYC Board of Education (credit: CBS 2)

NYC Board of Education (credit: CBS 2)

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Editor’s Note: This article’s original headline has been updated to more accurately reflect the content of the report.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an education bombshell.

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 of Manhattan Community College couldn’t make the grade.

They had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math — first before they could begin college courses.

They are part of a disturbing statistic.

Officials told CBS 2′s Kramer that nearly 80 percent of those who graduate from city high schools arrived at City University’s community college system without having mastered the skills to do college-level work.

In sheer numbers it means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools needed remedial courses to re-learn the basics.