High-Stakes Standardized Testing Supporter: William Colton

Name: William Colton
Assembly Link: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/William-Colton/
Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/William_Colton
Phone: 718-236-1598

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.

To diversify schools, reimagine Gifted & Talented: A bill to expand segregated programs moves in exactly the wrong direction

Besides the Gifted and Talented admissions process issues. Gifted and Talented programs also remove many of the highest performing students in every classroom. This has a dampening effect on most students left behind. In-class student ability grouping is much more effective and has less negative side-effects. E.g. Differentiated Instruction strategies.

Senator Colton calling on SHSAT supporters to rally before a planned Senate “hearing”.

Mr. Colton rallying anti-reform protests by invoking Dr. Martin Luther King. You can’t make this stuff up…

According to a seating NY Assemblyman, using multiple-measures for a public high-school’s admission process is a kin to “destroying the future of our children”.