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Automotive HS raises college-readiness rates



In an eye-popping reversal, college-readiness rates at Mayor de Blasio’s Renewal schools nearly doubled last year.

For all 29 Renewal high schools, the average CUNY college-preparedness rate was 23.6 percent — up sharply from 12.3 percent in 2016.

Until last year’s abrupt hike, the metric had been a nagging problem for de Blasio and the DOE. While other indicators saw progress, college-readiness numbers — especially at Renewal schools — were often ugly.

While acknowledging CUNY’s changing threshold, the DOE said city schools would have seen an overall 5-percent hike in the metric without the changes.

Overall college-readiness rates for Renewal high-school populations rose from 17 percent in 2015-2016 to 28 percent in the next school year, according to the DOE.

A cornerstone of de Blasio’s education platform, Renewal schools have been showered with cash and consultants in an effort to pull them from the brink of closure.

Their college-readiness renaissance outpaced the city average last year — with some schools doubling, tripling or even quadrupling their numbers, according to DOE data.

Automotive HS went from a 4-percent college-readiness rate in 2015-2016 to 23 percent the next school year, according to the figures.

Of all 29 Renewal high schools, only two saw their college-readiness rates drop last year after CUNY’s changes.