This past September, in keeping with a campaign promise by Mayor de Blasio to address the underrepresentation of African-American and Latino students in the city’s specialized high schools, the Department of Education announced the first changes in 20 years to the Specialized High School Admission Test. A few weeks ago the DOE revealed these changes, touting them as a positive step forward. Many are now looking at the updated test with hope that it will help these schools begin to again reflect the demographic makeup of the wider school system. Yet the upcoming October 2017 SHSAT will be unlikely to achieve de Blasio’s stated aim of reversing the decades-long decline in the percentage of African-American and Latino students at these eight prestigious high schools, which use the test as the sole criterion for admission. Our experiences as test prep veterans, parents and leaders in supporting diversity in education have taught us that changes in a test rarely have a noticeable impact on disparate outcomes. If the city is serious about creating elite high schools that serve students as diverse as New York itself, then deeper changes are needed in order to prepare more African-American and Latino students to perform at… Read full this story
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