NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Only 35 percent of New York City high school students were considered college ready when they graduated, according to 2015 data released by the Department of Education Tuesday.
The number inched up slightly from 33 percent in 2014.
The city Department of Education released the college-readiness figures Tuesday along with school quality reports intended to measure progress at each of the city’s more than 1,800 schools.
Students are deemed to be college ready if they can start college at the City University of New York without needing remedial courses in math or English.
Jeremiah Kittredge, the CEO of the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools, said the numbers “remind us that with two thirds of high school students failing to graduate college ready, education in New York City is in a state of emergency.”
In 2014, the Department of Education began offering two different quality reports for individual schools across the city — one report geared to provide an overview for students and their families, and another providing in-depth details and data on the school’s progress over time.
In New Jersey, results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers exam showed that less than half of state students were college ready, with only 44 percent of high school juniors making the grade.
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