Thursday, December 19, 2013
The new superintendent of Camden, NJ, said that yesterday's reports that only three Camden high school students scored as "college ready" on the recent SATs was a "kick in the stomach." The College Board, which administers the SAT, defines "college readiness" as achieving a score of 1550, which it predicts will give students a 65% probability of maintain a B- average or higher in college. Students with scores of 1550 or higher, the College Board says, are more likely to enroll in a four-year college and to be retained for their second and third year than those students who did not attain that benchmark. Paymon Rouhanifard was appointed superintendent of Camden City Schools by Gov. Chris Christie this summer in a state takeover of the troubled school district. Camden's troubles are well documented as highlighted in a Rolling Stone magazine story this week. Approximately 42% of the city's 80,000 residents are living below the poverty line, and Camden frequently appears on the most dangerous cities in America list.