Source: Sherman Publications

My Way
My Way
Mea culpa

by CJ Carnacchio

April 13, 2011

Never let it be said I can’t admit a mistake or correct an error.

Last week, I wrote that Oxford Schools ranked 28th out of Oakland County’s 28 school districts in terms of college-preparedness based on the ACT.

Actually, the district is ranked 28th out of the 65 high schools in the county, which included traditional high schools as well as alternative education (like Crossroads for Youth) and adult education schools.

So, Oxford’s not last in the county rankings, it’s in the middle of the pack.

It should be noted that the majority of the 21 county high schools listed that had 0 percent college-ready were alternative or adult education schools.

When the error was pointed out to me last week, I immediately corrected the on-line version of my column and wrote what you’re reading right now.

Just to be clear, the other facts stated in the column were completely accurate including the fact that 18.3 percent of Oxford’s high school seniors are considered college-ready based on ACT scores.

It’s also still accurate that 29.1 percent of Lake Orion’s seniors and 24.7 percent of Clarkston’s seniors are considered college-ready.

Lake Orion and Clarkston are ranked countywide 13th and 18th, respectively.

One thing I didn’t mention in last week’s column that I found interesting was at Brandon High School – our former FML rival to the west – 19.4 percent of their seniors are considered college-ready. Brandon’s ranked 26th.

Holly High School outdid Brandon with 20.9 percent college-ready and a county ranking of 25th.

Outside Oakland County, I found it interesting that in Lapeer Community Schools – our neighbor to the north – the two high schools differed so greatly.

At Lapeer East High School, 19.8 percent of the seniors are college-ready, while at Lapeer West HS the percentage is only 14.2.

College readiness is defined as the percentage of students that meet the following minimum scores on the ACT: 18 on English, 21 on reading, 22 on math and 24 on science.

Again, sorry for the mistake.

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Thanks to Barbara Johnston and Steve Allen for having the courage to speak up about the school district’s frivolous spending of bond savings. I was beginning to think no one out there cared.