BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Public Schools represent one of the largest districts in New York State. Unfortunately, based on 2012 data, most students are not ready for life after graduation.
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Last year the graduation rate was 46.8%. In 2011, 54% of students in the Buffalo Public Schools graduated. But of the students who do graduate in Buffalo, not even ten percent are deemed "college or career ready." You can see a complete listing of the state graduation results by clicking here to the New York State Education Department. A half dozen city schools had a double digit drop in graduation rates, including Burgard High School."It's certainly not where we want to be or where we think we should be or need to be with students," said Dr. Pamela Brown, superintendent of Buffalo Schools.
The schools chief admits everyone must be held accountable. The district is now using data to monitor students progress, more professional development for teachers and somehow reorganizing the central office is expected to help focus on improving teaching and learning.
"This year we have begun to address the graduation rate by making sure first of all, that we all understand that expectations are higher now. The bar has been raised, the curriculum has to be more rigorous," Dr. Brown said.