Not even changes to long-used entrance exams were enough to get more black and Hispanic students into the city’s top high schools this year, according to Education Department data released Wednesday.
Just 527 black and Hispanic kids were accepted into the city’s elite specialized high schools this year, the data show. That’s virtually unchanged from 524 kids last year. In another disappointing revelation, fewer of those students even attempted the test.
Just 4.1% of elite school offers went to black students and 6.3% to Hispanic kids, even though they account for about 70% of the student body.
Those numbers were close to what they were last year.
“We continue to pursue a set of initiatives to increase diversity at specialized high schools,” a school spokesman said.
Eight specialized high schools, including Brooklyn Technical and Manhattan’s Stuyvesant, use the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) to admit students. The ninth specialized one, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, admits students based on an audition and review of academic records.
This year, the exam was changed to better reflect what students were actually learning in class.
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