Nearly 80 percent of New York City high school graduates need to relearn basic skills, such as reading, before they can enter the City University’s community college system, say school officials (video below).
According to CBS New York, this means that nearly 11,000 kids who got diplomas from city high schools need remedial courses.
To meet the needs of the students, City University has launched a special program called 'CUNY Start.'
“They get lost sometimes in the classroom and in CUNY Start we give them a lot more one-on-one attention, small group work. It helps them achieve more in a short amount of time and so they’re able to get on with their credit classes,” said teacher Sherry Mason.
The NYC Department of Education said it has raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent over the last seven years and that the number of students needing remedial courses has declined slightly.
Source: CBS New York