Almost 60 years ago, civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael calls out the inequitable SHSAT admissions process…
She got into one of NYC’s top high schools. Four years later, she wishes she hadn’t
“I started to slowly realize that a lot of these kids had kind of been sheltered from other races of people to the point where they didn’t really know how to be racially sensitive,” said Yarde, 17, who graduated Monday. “It seemed like kids were either automatically intimidated by me, or they immediately undermined me.”
Wint attended Stuyvesant when she was a student in the late 2000s but left the school her junior year, a decision she attributes to the overt racism she experienced there.
Chancellor Carranza’s NYS 2021 Budget Comments on Repealing Hecht-Calandra
Chancellor Carranza gives the New York State Assembly and Senate a great summarized argument for repealing the Hecht-Calandra Act.
Also at this hearing, Senator John Liu brought up the question of decertifying the 5 most recent SHSAT schools……
Andrew Yang: Admission to elite schools shouldn’t just be about tests
This is a courageous and commendable stance from Mr. Yang.
“I think we should de-emphasize them. If they are going to be used and they should be used in conjunction with more holistic practices,”Andrew Yang on Standardized Testing
Program Aims To Level Playing Field For Testing Into NYC’s Specialty High Schools
Parents spend thousands of dollars, students “study to the test” for years. The most popular ( largest ) SHSAT prep program ( Kahn’s Tutorial ) reportedly charges about $2,500 for an 11-month course.
Michelle Zhang, a freshman at Stuyvesant High School, knows first hand.
“I was in test prep for the SHSAT for three years from when I was in 5th grade to the test,” she said.
Zhang’s parents spent thousands of dollars for her private tutoring, a benefit many students living in majority minority neighborhoods can’t afford.
Liu: No quick fix to specialized high schools entrance exam
Senator John Liu showed his hand and hinted that he plans to kill any SHSAT reform by languishing the decision in committee over the next few years.
State Sen. John Liu said at City & State’s Education Summit on Thursday that he doesn’t expect any major changes to come out of Albany for at least several years as lawmakers and stakeholders figure out the best way to address racial disparities at the city’s specialized schools. The Queens lawmaker said that he does not yet know the best path forward, adding that he and his colleagues in the state Legislature don’t want to act hastily in response to results from the Specialized High Schools Admission Test.
Video: New York City Students and Alumni on the Specialized High School Test
Powerful testimony on the effect’s of a NYC’s single-measure, high-stakes admissions system.
And how the pressure affected the mental health of a group of 12 year-old students.…
Toward a Black education agenda
“We have 5,000 applicants every year for these schools and NYC is the only school system that uses a single test as the only criteria for admission. All other schools in the nation have multiple measures for admission into specialized schools. They look at what the student has done all year, their GPA, their development. Not a single test that require eighth-graders to go to expensive private cram schools because the curriculum doesn’t include any of the material. Our children are less than 10 percent of the specialized high school student population while Asians are 67 percent.”
Video: EdCast on the SHSAT: Biased Barrier or Objective Opportunity?
Stuyvesant Has 29 Black Students Out of 3,300. How Do They Feel?
The students — members of the school’s Black Students League and Aspira, the Hispanic student organization — recalled painful memories of having heard racist comments behind their backs at school. They reflected on their shared sense of alienation. They said they worried that adults would allow inequities in the system to persist.
“It’s frustrating to see that nobody wants to do anything, until it’s like, ‘Oh no, nobody got it in,’” said Katherine Sanchez, 17, whose parents are from the Dominican Republic.