Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - New numbers paint a grim pictured for education in Buffalo Public Schools.
Fewer than 50-percent of students in the Queen City actually graduate -- and very few are ready for college or a job.
Superintendent Pamela Brown says that in the last year, the school district has already made changes.
Her goal is to bring the graduation up to 80-percent by 2018.
The rate in 2012 fell to 46.8-percent, more than seven percent lower than the year before.
Not even 10-percent of those who did graduate were ready for college or a career.
Doctor Pamela Brown says she knew about the low graduation rates when she came to Buffalo last year.
Some of the changes already in place include more rigorous curriculums, a better summer school program and more resources in the classroom.
"Teachers have to have better tools," Brown says. "We've done a textbook adoption series in English Language Arts, so that the access to curriculum material is much more up to date. The district hadn't adopted a textbook updated series in the last nine years."
Brown says the district also wants to work with parents to increase attendance rates -- another big problem the Buffalo schools face.
The graduation rate statewide is 74-percent, which is about 28-percent higher than Buffalo.