Today's Daily News praises the city's 70% Graduation rate. What a joke. It is a mystery to me and every other teacher why none of the so called reporters never bother to investigate why this graduation rate keeps going up. And, since they never report the truth behind these rates I will do so here.
Increased graduation rates work on the see saw principle, one side goes up while the other goes down. Put a heavy weight on the down side to keep the other rates up. Heavy cheating raises rates. Education in NYC high schools is becoming non existent. When a special education student with a kindergarten reading and math levels suddenly scores 80's on regents exams something is very wrong. A look into any community college will see too many classrooms filled with remedial students.
Cheating is rampant, not only in special education, but everywhere. Credit recover programs, boot camps and other nonsense programs raise percentages but do nothing for education. It is time for newspapers to look at why graduation rates are going up instead of praising meaningless numbers.