Letters to the editor

Grading a High School

Grading a High School

[This letter was originally published in the New York Times on June 25, 2011.]

In Data, ‘A’ Schools Leave Many Not Ready for CUNY” (news article, June 22) mentioned that the New York City Department of Education may begin to use the CUNY remediation rate in a high school’s report-card letter grade.

I graduated from Great Neck North High School, considered one of the best schools in the country; yet on enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley, I did not pass the English assessment test and had to take what was called “bonehead” English.

I do not think that a student’s failure of the CUNY entrance writing exam should be attributed solely to the high school or the teachers, and I question the advisability of including it in a school’s report-card grade.

Often, it’s the student. I just didn’t get grammar and usage until I was older and my writing ability surfaced.

UFT member Bonnie Geld

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