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Racial Admissions Gap
February 11th, 2011

The number of black and Hispanic eight graders admitted to the city’s most selective public high schools continues to decline, according to figures just released by the Department of Education.

Only 5 percent of the students offered admission to eight of the city’s specialized high school are black and only 6 percent are Hispanic. These eight schools all chose students entirely on the basis of a test given in the fall. The other specialized high school — LaGuardia, an arts school — is not included in the figures because it selects students on the basis of other criteria, such as an audition.

The percentage of blacks and Hispanics admitted to the eight schools fell by one percentage point from 2010, continuing a recent trend.

At the city’s three oldest specialized high schools –Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and Stuyvesant– the figures were no better. Blacks accounted for only 4.5 of those offered admission to the schools; Hispanics, 5.5 percent. At Stuyvesant– traditionally the most selective — the numbers are even more jarring: Only 1.2 percent of students offered admission were black and only 1.3 percent Hispanic.

More number crunching after the jump.

The administration’s efforts to bring up black and Latino enrollment in academically selected schools by creating more of the specialized schools seems to be only a partial success. Of those admitted to the five new schools, 7 percent are black and 9 percent Hispanic — a higher percentage than for the three older schools, but hardly representative of the school system’s overall demographics. About 32 percent of the students in the system are black and about 40 percent Hispanic.

The problem does not appear to be that black and Latino kids dont take the test. Twenty-three percent of those taking the test were black, 21 percent Hispanic. But while 35 percent of Asians and 30 percent of whites who took the test got an offer of admission, only 4 percent of blacks and 6 percent of Hispanics did.

In a press release Chancellor Cathleen Black hailed the students who did well on this test, saying, “Those students have admirably pushed themselves and we look forward to watching them succeed in high school and beyond.”

The release did not address the racial disparities.

By on February 11, 2011, 2:52 pm
In category: Civil Rights,Demographics,Education,Gotham City | 4 Comments »

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4 Responses to “Racial Admissions Gap”

  1. Parent Says:
    February 11th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Our JHS decided to mail all the results out to the students’ homes versus handing them out to students as they have in the past years – really aggravating since the students are already so stressed. Now all his friends in other schools are sharing their results and posting them on facebook – he is just sitting at home and is hoping he will see a letter in the mail by Sat (hopefully Mon?). Pretty much a non-functional person until he sees something in the mailbox. The testing is not based on race, how wealthy a person is or which borough a child comes from. Yes – I see results that definitely indicate a lot of Asian and White children receive an invite to the Spec HS, but then so many of them also qualify for free lunch …..and so what? Why does the race figure always need to get dragged in as if it would have any bearing on who gets a letter? This is where the mentality comes from – if you can’t have something fair and square – go find an unreasonable excuse and put the blame on it. Every child had the same access to old practice tests online to work with and an equal chance to take the exam. We need to place the responsibility on the child and let them know it is okay whatever results come through as long as they’ve tried their best. It’s not the end of the world.

  2. JanetG Says:
    February 13th, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Anyone who has spent any time with middle-school age kids knows how susceptible they are to peer pressure, and anyone who has spent time with minority kids knows that the cool kids often convince the others that studying and performing well in school is “acting white”. This disparity will only change when someone figures out how to fix this.

  3. Donald Iarussi Says:
    February 13th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    first of all, just fire all public school teachers, get rid of the teachers union, eliminate tenure

    turn public schools over to pvt companies.

    I graduated years ago from a High School full of pervert teachers and a pervert principal .

    The HS on Fordham Rd is now closed I believe,
    as all public schools should be

    while getting my masters at equally corrupt Brooklyn College, a grad student a public school teacher admitted to e that he has sex with student. It took five years to arrest

    OH yeah, Brooklyn College TV Dept and Pres of Brooklyn college let him keep his masters degree, even though they knew he paid a student $500 to write it for him.

    hell in 1990, they let all plagiarizers graduate. thats the public education way

  4. Panzer Spiele Says:
    April 15th, 2013 at 5:13 am

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