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  • Students Say Pricey Test Prep Gives Admissions Advantage

    9/28/12

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city's eight specialized high schools are for the best and the brightest and he thinks the best way to find those students is the way it's been done for decades, using only the results of one 2.5-hour test.

    "I think that Stuyvesant and these other schools are as fair as fair can be," he said Wednesday. "There's nothing subjective about this. You pass the test with the higher score, you get into the school, no matter what your ethnicity, no matter what your economic background."

  • 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.

  • I-Team: Federal Lawsuit Alleges Bias at Elite NYC High Schools

    9/27/12

    The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a complaint charging an admissions test given at eight elite New York City high schools discriminates against blacks and Latinos

    At this point, the only factor considered for admission to one of the specialized public schools is a student's score on a standardized test.