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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Who Gets in Elite Public High Schools in New York City

In this short article on the acceptance figures (by race) to the specialized high schools of New York, the NYT highlights the increase of Black and Latino students accepted over previous years.  Asian students represent 46% of the acceptances to these schools but only constitute less than 14% of the students in the system. Whites represent 23% of the acceptances to these schools but only constitute 15% of the students in the system.  So while Asians and Whites students represent over two thirds of all acceptances, they make up less than one third of all students!  And conversely, with over 70% of New York City public school students being Black or Latino, only 14% of those offered places at the specialized high schools were.

Most students that take the entrance test begin test prep in 6th or 7th grade.

These stats come on the heels of a fascinating NYT article about the experiences of one Black student at Stuyvesant High School.

These stats reflect the incredibly different educational paths for children within New York.  

PS These two New York Times articles do not clarify Whites as non-Hispanic White but I believe that is how they are classifying people.

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