61% of NYC high-schoolers graduate, which is considered a success, since it’s an improvement over the dismal numbers of a few years ago. What is unqualifiably and utterly dismal, though, is the 21% college-readiness figure.
With the average NYC public-school class size at 24 students, this means that 5 people in any given class are truly ready for college, although as many as 15 may graduate.
What does college-readiness mean? Simple—it means that, upon graduation, high-school seniors are able to do college-level coursework: i.e. understand the lectures, not be stumped by textbooks and other materials they’re assigned daily by the dozens of pages. If students don’t have a habit of reading for homework, and if they don’t know certain SAT-level words that tend to appear in college-level assignments (after all, there’s a reason they appear on the SAT) then they will simply fail in college—fail in every way.
What should be done? Reading. And then, some more of it.
And reading, which many kids see as too daunting and boring, needs to be presented to them as the lesser of two evils. Either fail to get into college because you simply can’t read at a certain level, or actually read purposefully—to ace the entrance exam. Either cram the kinds of words you’ll need to know to understand what you’re assigned in college, or learn them naturally, contextually, via un-lame stories that actually feature those words.
In the end, there’s no way around reading, so they (or you, if you’re reading this and you’re a teenager) might as well read something you’ll enjoy sharing with your friends.
That’s why we think STORIED is just the thing to improve these godawful statistics. We believe NYC kids are better than this. And we challenge any and every NYC school—any school in the land!—to try STORIED for a quarter, trimester or semester—for free—and see what it can do for its students.