Diversity Lags as Students Are Matched With City Schools
By ELIZABETH A. HARRIS MARCH 8, 2017
… Despite a push to increase the number of black and Latino students at the city’s most competitive high schools, the specialized schools, the number of those students who were offered seats for the fall was essentially unchanged from last year, according to the department.
Entry to eight specialized high schools is based entirely upon a single standardized test, and the schools have long been criticized for the demographic makeup of the students who are admitted. Only about 10 percent of offers from those schools were extended to black and Latino students, though those students make up about 68 percent of the school system.
Asian kids dominate admission to city’s elite high schools
By Selim Algar March 8, 2017 | 10:13pm
Hispanic students comprised 6.5 percent of the total and black kids just 3.8 percent. Multi-racial applicants made up 1.3 percent of those admitted and 7.4 percent were of unknown background, according to the data. Native Americans registered 0.5 percent of the total.