A report released this week by the New York City-based nonprofit group New York Community College Accountability Project (NYCCAP) found that a staggering 94% of all new students entering New York public schools are not in the best academic or academic performance of their peers.
The data, released by the nonprofit, was compiled by looking at data from more than 4,000 schools across the state.
In total, nearly 4.4 million students attended public school in 2016-17.
The New York Times described the findings as “an alarming snapshot of a system that has largely failed to meet the expectations of its students”.
“The most recent data shows that a growing number of students are not graduating from the nation’s best public schools, and those that do are in many cases in a lower academic performance than their peers,” said Jessica Rich, the report’s lead author.
“More students are graduating from schools with low graduation rates than schools with high graduation rates.”
The report found that the state’s largest public schools in New York received an average of $14,000 more in tuition fees per student in the 2015-16 school year than the average of public schools across New York, which is the state average.
The average annual tuition fees for a private school in the city of New York is $17,400, while a private in the state of New Jersey, which has the nation-leading fourth-highest rate of student loan debt, costs $10,000 per student.
“Our data shows this is happening because our public schools do not prepare students to succeed in higher education,” Rich said.
“Our students do not understand the complexities of the job they have to do in an economy that is failing to create jobs for them.”
The NYCCAP’s findings are also an indictment of New England’s public schools.
For example, the average public school student in Massachusetts earns an annual salary of $52,400 while students in New Hampshire, which also has the third-highest average salary, earn an average salary of just $30,800, the NYCCP found.
In New York state, the median family income in New Jersey is $58,000, but in New England it is $42,000.
The report noted that students from New England also earn significantly less than students from other states.
The NYCCA reported that the median annual tuition for a New Hampshire public school was $8,000 while the median New England tuition was $21,200.
The median New Hampshire salary was $44,000 and the median salary in New Orleans was $39,000 for students with at least a bachelor’s degree.
“The average New England student in New Mexico has a median annual salary that is more than $42.000 higher than that of the New Jersey students who earn a bachelor degree,” the report said.
The report also found that New York’s public universities received an estimated $15 billion in taxpayer funding from the state for tuition and fees in the 2016-2017 school year.
In comparison, the states average public universities spent $5.9 billion.
The NYCLC found that students who are not academically proficient are less likely to graduate and are also less likely than their classmates to be employed in the next year.
“There is no question that students are being denied access to college because of a lack of understanding of the realities of the profession, and the fact that they’re not doing their research and working hard to prepare themselves to become successful professionals,” said the report.
“The lack of preparedness to succeed is creating a significant divide between students who have already begun their studies and those who are in the midst of their freshman years.”
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