WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014 |
Of all the students in New York City public high schools, about 60 percent end up with diplomas. And of those graduates, about 60 percent — roughly one in every three that start high school — eventually graduate from a four-year college.
Those numbers are an improvement from the turn of the millennium, when only half of city high school students graduated, despite less stringent requirements. But one group of city schools routinely outstrips these less-than-lofty numbers. The 28 schools in the New York Performance Standards Consortium network boast graduation, college-going, and college retention rates that routinely top city, state, and national averages, with a student body that is as diverse in income and ethnicity as the city as a whole. And they do it almost entirely without standardized exams, substituting student portfolios and oral presentations for most of the required state Regents exams. for full article: Via The Village Voice