Although frequently virtue-signaling in public, Assemblymember Simotas has been a firm supporter of keeping the SHSAT high-stakes exam as the sole admissions criteria in NYC public specialized high schools.
From: “Aravella Simotas” <[email protected]> Date: June 27, 2019 at 12:19:40 PM EDT To: [Redacted] Subject: RE: Please OPPOSE A2173 on NYC Specialized High School Admissions
Dear [Redacted]: Thank you for your letter concerning the Specialized High School Admissions Test.
Assemblymember Latrice Walker advocates for keeping the SHSAT exam as the sole admission’s criteria in New York City specialized high schools.
Even as Assemblymember Walker’s district compromises many students who have shown their academic merit but will never have a chance to attend a public specialized high school, her position is not unexpected. Assemblymember Walker is an alumnus of a specialized high school. And alumni mostly support continuing the misguided tradition of using a single bubble test as the sole measure of students’ academic ability.…
Assembly-member William Colton is a proponent of keeping the SHSAT exam as the SOLE measure of merit for access to Specialized High Schools.
Assembly-member Colton conveniently leaves out the fact that NYC’s gifted & talented programs actually increase segregation. Parents from across the city opportunity hoard these competitive seats and we have a replay of the SHSAT issue but with 5 year-olds.
Assembly-member Yuh-Line Niou is a proponent of keeping the SHSAT exam as the SOLE measure of merit for access to Specialized High Schools.
Although her website claims to be against standardized testing, this is false. Speaker Heastie reported that assembly-member Niou was one of the key assembly-members to lobby against allowing the 2018 SHSAT bill on the floor for a vote.
In blocking this vote, assembly-member Niou blocked a proposal that would fix a historic under-representation of girls in our top STEM high schools.…
Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams strongly supports the SHSAT as the sole measure of academic merit. He argues that the only reason he got into a specialized high school was that he was good at taking tests, and not particularly good in class.
Jumaane Williams has also been heavily lobbied on his SHSAT position by some of the city’s most powerful lobbyists.
Jumaane accepts campaign contributions from Pro-SHSAT lobbyists for multiple years.…
Senator Andrew Gounardes defends the use of the single SHSAT multiple-choice test as the SOLE measure of a student’s ability without any reservation. Senator Gounardes has a classic “Resource Hoarding” position. His constituents are over-represented by the exam, hence he defends it.
Senator Gounardes also claims the typical “the test is not the problem” position. He does not acknowledge anti-female bias in the SHSAT.…
Assembly-member Dinowitz claims the typical “the test is not the problem” position. He gives no solutions to “the real problem”, just that it’s not the fact we use the SHSAT exam as the SOLE measure of merit for access to Specialized High Schools.
After lobbying to kill the 2018 SHSAT reform bill, Assembly-member Kim had nothing to say about the poor diversity in offers. Only 7 Black students got offers to Stuyvesant high school due to the exam.…