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 donít 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 Gail Robinson on February 11, 2011, 2:52 pm
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