A new mayor in NYC means all new hand-wringing about the low numbers of Black and Hispanic students in both the city's elementary Gifted & Talented programs, and their specialized high-schools.
Even though tests are constantly being re-jiggered to try and even out the odds at the Kindergarten level, every year, the attempts fail even more spectacularly.
For high-school admissions, the NAACP decided a lawsuit was the answer.
But as one mother writes on Kveller.com:
The biggest problem is that if, in the interest of “equality,” a few hundred more Black and Hispanic students are admitted despite missing the cut-off, it might make things better for them, but it would make it infinitely worse for the thousands left behind in sub-par middle and elementary schools.
By having these pathetic SHSAT results publicized year after year, it shines a light on just what an awful job inner city schools are doing educating those students who can’t afford to buy their way out of a broken system, either through private schools or private tutoring centers. If the specialized high schools’ racial balances were “fixed,” we might be tempted to consider the problems they expose “fixed,” too.
The SHSAT is not the problem. It is, instead, a symptom of the genuine problem, which is the inferior education offered to the majority of NYC’s children. Many of whom are Black and Hispanic. The SHSAT is a diagnostic, the canary in the coal mine. Get rid of it, and the real problem–insufficient standards across the board–becomes much easier to hide.
Read the entire piece, here.
And if you are interested in applying your child to one of NYC's specialized or selective high-schools next year, make sure you read our FREE Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About New York City High School Admissions... But Didn't Realize You Needed to Ask.... Guide.