High-Stakes Standardized Testing Supporter: Ron T. Kim

Name: Ron T. Kim
Assembly Link: https://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Ron-Kim
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Kim_(politician)
Phone: 718-445-0004

Assembly-member  Ron T. Kim seats on the Democrat Senate’s Education Committee.  He’s a proponent of keeping the SHSAT exam as the SOLE measure of merit for access to Specialized High Schools.

Media: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-carl-heastie-school-desegregation-20180607-story.html

Response to 2018 SHSAT Results

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.…

High-Stakes Standardized Testing Supporter: Toby Ann Stavisky

Name: Toby Ann Stavisky
Senate Link: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/toby-ann-stavisky
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toby_Ann_Stavisky
Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Toby_Ann_Stavisky
Phone: 718-939-0195

Senator Stavisky is the ranking member on the Democrat Senate’s Education Committee. She’s also a vocal proponent of keeping the SHSAT exam as the SOLE measure of merit for access to Specialized High Schools.

Her son’s lobbying firm also recently took a contract for over $65,000 to lobby for the SHSAT exam.

Media: https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2018/41/staviskyshsat_2018_10_12_q.html

City Announces New Initiatives to Increase Diversity at Specialized High Schools

In 2016 Mayor de Blasio tried a variety of approaches to get more Black and Latinx students into specialized high schools. This included tutoring and outreach costing $15M over 5 years.

None of these initiatives worked in the end. One reason for this is that city tutoring would end up competing with an increasingly aggressive private tutoring industry. NYC’s DREAM tutoring claimed a 10% success rate, but so did the larger tutoring services with thousands of students.

“In my district, many parents pay top dollar for test prep programs, an option lower income families do not always have.