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specialized high schools
June 9, 2016
Getting black and Hispanic students into specialized schools remains a challenge, even for programs designed to help
A program to promote diversity at the city's specialized schools is actually is helping more white and Asian students get into those schools.
diversity in decline
Updated March 7, 2016
Even fewer black and Hispanic students win seats at city’s elite high schools this year
Just 4 percent of offers to the eight specialized high schools went to black students, while 7 percent went to Hispanic students.
March 4, 2016
On high school match day, a Chalkbeat guide to high school admissions debates
Most of New York City’s eighth-graders will find out what high school they were matched with Friday — a day of stress, celebration, and a few tears.
April 22, 2015
IBO: Students at elite high schools come from wealthier neighborhoods
Just 11 percent of specialized high school students live in the city's poorest areas, compared to 30 percent of other students, according to the education data watchdog.
March 6, 2015
Fariña: SHSAT should count for some, not all, of specialized HS admission decisions
"What percentage is valid? I certainly think between 60 and 70 percent for the test, makes sense, to keep the test," Chancellor Fariña said.
By the numbers
March 5, 2015
Share of black, Hispanic students offered specialized high school seats remains low
Few black and Hispanic students won admission to eight of the city's specialized high schools this year as their admissions process faces continued scrutiny.
March 5, 2015
New report challenges de Blasio’s strategy for upping diversity in specialized HSs
Nixing the SHSAT would increase the share of white and Hispanic students admitted, reduce the share of Asian students, and in some cases reduce the share of black students.
December 11, 2014
Debate over high school admissions test divides City Council
Last December, city officials said they were working to expand access to the SHSAT, though a test-prep program had shrunk.
December 4, 2014
Black alumni of specialized high schools: SHSAT needs scrutiny, not just defenders
A group of black alumni of the city’s specialized high schools say the alumni coalition calling to retain the current admissions system doesn’t fully speak…
December 1, 2014
As Council mulls diversity bills, elite high school alumni groups defend admissions policies
The New York City Council’s next education meeting is 10 days away, but one agenda item has already touched off a formal repudiation. Alumni groups from…
August 20, 2014
High school admissions interviews perpetuate inequality, but they don't have to
Middle schools need to do everything possible to help students who come from low-income backgrounds prepare for high school admissions interviews, knowing they’ll be competing against students from middle- and upper-class backgrounds who often have more experience with high-stakes interviews.
June 20, 2014
In student video, American Studies teachers support admissions changes
Teachers and students at many of the city’s specialized high schools haven’t been shy about voicing their opinion about proposals to change the single-test admissions…
March 11, 2014
Few black and Hispanic students admitted to top high schools, adding to calls for admissions rules changes
Few black and Hispanic students won seats in eight of the city's specialized high schools this year, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to repeat a campaign trail declaration that the admissions process needs an overhaul.
October 28, 2013
NAACP Legal Defense Fund recommends an SHSAT replacement
The city should screen students for its seven specialized high schools holistically, rather than by using only the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, the…
October 3, 2012
A Graduate’s Case Against Specialized High Schools
When I was a student studying Japanese at Stuyvesant High School, I remember learning the word for “cram school’: juku. Juku are extracurricular private schools that offer tutorial services for regular subjects in addition to intensive university entrance exam preparation. As a Stuyvesant student, this concept was not unfamiliar to me — spending days, weeks, or even months studying for a single exam that would determine the course of my future. After all, that level of focus was what got many of us into Stuy the first place. At Stuy, students’ study habits really fell into two categories: diligent cramming, or skidding by with whatever means it took to snag a passing grade (granted, there’s passing, and then there’s Stuy passing). My Japanese teacher would deter us from the latter, lazier alternative by snipping off the corners of subpar homework assignments and taping them to the blackboard. “Do not cut corners!” she would chide, and gesture at the little triangles of notebook paper hovering over the chalk as testaments to our indolence. In the wake of a cheating scandal that has propelled my alma mater into the limelight yet again, I can’t help but reflect on the time I spent at the school that boasts an average SAT score in the 96th percentile and makes college feel like a cakewalk by comparison. When Nayeem Ahsan incited his elaborate cheating ring last semester, he knew he was doing a huge disservice to the hundreds of students taking the exam without outside assistance. But by the same token, to the dozens of overachievers juggling theater practice, sports, music lessons, and hours of studying and homework a night, he offered a solution to an otherwise impossible problem — namely, how do you keep your head above water when so many of your classmates are headed for Ivy League acceptance, and your grade point average is calculated to the second decimal? I will not condone cheating. Instead, I would like to paint a picture for the parents of future eight graders who think sending their students into a four-year juku is the only path to success.
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