From The New York Times:
The percentage of black and Hispanic students offered admission to the city’s elite public high schools inched lower this year, continuing a decade-long slide, according to the results of the city’s admissions process released Friday.
Just four percent of the students offered admission to the seven specialized high schools were black. Notifications were made on Friday. Six percent were Hispanic, 35 percent Asian, and 30 percent white.
At the Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School and Stuyvesant High School, considered the gems of the public system, the percentage of black and Hispanic students enrolled has been falling since the mid-1990s.
Admission to the specialized schools is based on a single test, the Specialized High School Admissions Test, administered to eighth graders in the fall. Advocates for increased diversity at the schools have argued that other factors, like portfolios of student work, interviews or geographic distribution across the city’s districts, should factor into admissions.
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