Local high schools continue to graduate high percentages of students, but fewer of those students are actually ready for college, according to new high-performance measures released Tuesday by the state.
Half of Westchester and Rockland graduates and 43 percent of Putnam graduates in June 2010 fell short of one top standard, measuring scores on English and math Regents exams.
A second standard, a Regents diploma with “advanced designation,” was earned by 45 percent of Rockland graduates, 46 percent of Putnam graduates and 31 percent of Westchester graduates — keeping in mind that several elite districts in Westchester use alternative testing….
The two new standards are designed to measure “aspirational performance,” according to state officials.
One standard requires that graduates score at least 75 on their English Regents exam and at least 80 on a math Regents exam.
This standard, Aspirational Performance Measure (APM), was formerly called “career and college ready”. It measures the minimal requirements for college readiness, including the ability to score at least 80 on a basic algebra test (Integrated Algebra Regents Exam). The low percentage of graduates meeting this standard is abysmal, especially considering that Westchester County spends an average $24,636 per pupil, the highest in the state and among the highest in the country.
Even in my local school district, where average per pupil spending is now up to $23,389 per year and where over 90% of graduates go on to college, only 59% of high school graduates are considered “college ready”.
In 2010, getting 50% of the answers correct earned a score of 80 for students who took the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam.
* Graduation rate: Percentage of enrollment graduating in four years (not counting summer school)
** APM: the new Aspirational Performance Measure is the percentage of students who graduated on time and scored at least 80 in Regents math and at least 75 on Regents English —formerly called “career and college ready” graduates
*** Advanced-designation Regents diplomas: The percent of students who graduated on time with a Regents diploma with Advanced Designation (not all districts participate)