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August 23, 2018
Union chief says de Blasio’s plan to scrap the SHSAT is going nowhere in Albany
“I don’t believe at this point in time it can pass in the next legislative session because it has been so highly politicized,” said UFT president Michael Mulgrew.
August 14, 2018
New data show how few black and Hispanic students benefit from New York City’s specialized high school diversity program
The Discovery program aims to promote diversity by offering admission to students from low-income families who score just below the entrance exam cutoff.
August 13, 2018
Fair and objective or useless and biased? A Chalkbeat guide to the case for and against New York City’s specialized high school test
When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to scrap the exam that serves as the sole entrance criteria for New York City’s…
August 3, 2018
New York City released its study of the SHSAT. Here’s why it won’t end the admissions debate.
“This is going to be used as a Rorschach test where people will see what they want to see in it.”
July 31, 2018
Can a proposal to expand gifted classes help integrate New York City’s specialized high schools?
In the battle to integrate New York City’s specialized high schools, some have argued that the city’s efforts should start…
July 17, 2018
To integrate specialized high schools, are gifted programs part of the problem or the solution?
As debate has erupted in recent weeks over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to overhaul admissions to the city’s most prestigious specialized…
June 22, 2018
I’ve spent years studying the link between SHSAT scores and student success. The test doesn’t tell you as much as you might think.
A standardized test does not predict as well as past school performance, indicating that Mayor Bill de Blasio seems headed in the right direction.
June 19, 2018
Inside a Bronx middle school where students rarely apply to attend specialized high schools
If the plan becomes a reality, schools such as New Venture theoretically have the most to gain. But the proposal would do little to solve the most entrenched challenges that have kept students from schools such as New Venture out of specialized high schools for so long.
June 19, 2018
I fight for integrated schools in New York City. I’m also Asian-American. Mayor de Blasio, let’s talk.
Shino Tanikawa explains why she's concerned about the rollout of the mayor's plan to integrate New York City's specialized schools — and how the process can be salvaged.
By the numbers
June 14, 2018
Where specialized high school students come from (and where they don’t)
Early every school day, private charter buses rumble through the Upper West Side to ferry students from the city’s wealthiest school district into…
June 6, 2018
The scene at Stuyvesant: Students who’ve succeeded at SHSAT wary of new plan, though some want change
As politicians and parents take sides over a new plan to scrap the specialized high school test, students at the center of the controversy wrestle with the issue.
June 4, 2018
A Chalkbeat cheat sheet: The Specialized High School Admissions Test overhaul
If you are just catching up, here’s what you should know about the city’s plans.
Take the test
June 4, 2018
Everybody is talking about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Here’s what it looks like
The test stands at the center of a contentious debate that blew open last weekend over the stark underrepresentation of black and Hispanic students there.
March 16, 2018
Pressed on specialized high school admissions rules, de Blasio says he’ll talk to his lawyers
"I'll revisit it because I want to find any form of action I can possibly find."
The big sort
May 5, 2017
Extreme academic sorting brings vastly different graduation rates in New York City high schools
High school graduation rates vary by about 38 percentage points among New York City schools, depending on the school’s admissions method. That’s according to…
running in place
March 10, 2017
New York City expanded its efforts to boost diversity at elite specialized high schools. So why hasn’t the needle budged?
“We need the education department to lead the charge on this one.”
November 2, 2016
Report outlines what New York City schools are doing to increase diversity — and advocates respond
“We’re making a good start, but now we need to really push further to make an important difference in students’ lives.”
July 27, 2016
Stuyvesant’s new principal is ‘deeply invested’ in diversity. But can he make a difference?
Stuyvesant's first Hispanic principal takes over as the specialized high schools are under increased pressure to diversify.
June 15, 2016
New report: Top-scoring black and Hispanic middle schoolers not making it into specialized high schools
Only 16 percent of black and Hispanic students who score highly on state tests make it to the city's specialized high schools.
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.
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…
August 6, 2012
Stuy alum Allon urges changes to school's admissions, grading
Tom Allon speaks about his education policy platform at the New School in May. The sudden and surprising leadership change at Stuyvesant High School is an opportunity to make the school more diverse and less cutthroat, according to a graduate who is running for mayor. Tom Allon, a long-shot mayoral candidate who graduated from the elite city high school in 1980 and later briefly taught there, made the case in a press release sent this morning in response to Friday's resignation of Stanley Teitel, the school's principal since 1999. Teitel announced his retirement amid a cheating scandal and an investigation into how he handled it. “I'm afraid Stuyvesant has become a place where education and knowledge have taken a backseat to testing and grades and hyper-vigilance about college admissions — not unlike the testing and data-driven grading that is crushing the life out of public education throughout America,” Allon said in his press release. Allon suggests that the school switch to an A-F grading system, instead of awarding numerical grades on a scale of 100, which he said encourages students to worry about small swings in their grade-point averages. He also offers a slate of recommendations geared at shaking up the ultra-competitive admissions process, which for decades has been based solely on scores on the city's Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.
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