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  • Complaint targets elite HS admissions process, not just outcome

    9/27/12

    It seemed like a good strategy: To boost the tiny number of black and Hispanic students at the city’s most elite high schools, the city this year expanded access to programs meant to prepare eighth-graders for the schools’ admissions test.

    But that approach is fundamentally broken, according to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.

  • I-Team: Rethinking Admissions Exams to Top NYC Schools

    9/27/12

    An I-Team investigation uncovers the ethnic discrepancies at New York's best public schools, and why groups are pushing for a change to the admission exam at schools like Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. Melissa Russo reports.

  • Charges of Bias in Admission Test Policy at Eight Elite Public High Schools

    9/27/12

    A coalition of educational and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint on Thursday saying that black and Hispanic students were disproportionately excluded from New York City’s most selective high schools because of a single-test admittance policy they say is racially discriminatory.

  • Elite seats for sale

    9/27/12

    My daughter Gabriela was yelling again.

    “All that stupid test shows is how good someone is at taking a test,” she said.

    This was after I asked her to spend more time on the Kaplan test prep book on our dinner table — the one that’s supposed to help eighth-graders like her prepare for next month’s New York City Specialized High Schools Admission Test.

  • Civil Rights Group Questions Specialized Schools' Admissions in N.Y.C.

    9/27/12

    The NAACP Legal Defense Fund today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights about New York City's specialized high schools' admissions process. The complaint alleges that reliance on an unproven test as the sole determinant for admissions leads to disproportionately low numbers of African-American and Latino students at the schools and violates the civil rights of many minority students who are not admitted.