Only 3 Camden Teens Got 'College Ready' SAT Scores
New superintendent gives sobering assessment of listening tour
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 18, 2013 2:41 PM CST
Teenagers sit in class at MetEast High School in Camden, NJ, in this June 17, 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mike Derer)

(Newser) – Just how bad are things in Camden's schools? So bad that only three students there managed a "college ready" SAT score in 2013, new superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard revealed yesterday. He called the number a "kick-in-the-stomach moment." It was one of a number of sobering assessments Rouhanifard delivered in presenting the results of his August "listening tour" to the school board, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "It is OK if all our students don't end up with a four-year diploma," he said. "But we can do better than three students."

Rouhanifard also announced that the district would do away with the $75 fee for a background check it has been charging parents who want to volunteer; the schools will now cover the checks. Camden is plagued by poverty and crime—Rolling Stone had a damning piece last week declaring it "America's most desperate town"—and only 53% of its students graduate high school. But "college ready" SAT scores are a little harder to come by than you might assume; only 43% of students hit the College Board's 1550 benchmark this year.

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Glimmer_of_Hope
Dec 19, 2013 9:22 AM CST
the fruits of 50 years of liberalism....give yourselves a little gold star!~
Glimmer_of_Hope
Dec 19, 2013 7:59 AM CST
we all know the joke in Jersey...People from Camden to go Patterson when they want a peaceful relaxing vaca...
Glimmer_of_Hope
Dec 19, 2013 7:57 AM CST
and those three cheated...