Two key questions about how New York City admits students into its elite public schools

Two key questions about the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT) have not received enough attention in the current debate.

First, is the SHSAT a good test?

Second, is using a test, even if it’s good, as the sole basis for admission a good idea?


The answer to the second question is easy. No.


No one should use a test score in isolation to determine who should be admitted to a school, which is likely why no one but New York’s specialized schools does it.