New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter, on Thursday, April 29, called for an end to the specialized high school entrance exams after results show that Asian students once again dominated the examination.
A new admissions data showed that Asian students were admitted at 53.7% while Hispanic and African-American students accounted for a minimal number, respectively 5,4 % and 3,6 %. Also, whites 27.9%. Ross-Porter has called this result “unacceptable,” according to the New York Post.
“I know from my 21 years as an educator that far more students could thrive in our Specialized High Schools if only given the chance,” she said in a statement.
“Instead, the continued use of the Specialized High School Admissions Test will produce the same unacceptable results over and over again, and it’s far past the time for our students to be fairly represented in these schools,” she added.
Ross-Porter asserted that Albany should rescind the law that mandates the test.
“The State law that requires the City to administer the exam must be repealed so we can partner with our communities to find a more equitable way forward, and do right by all of our children,” she said.
Proponents of the test insisted that it’s a colorblind measure founded some of the most academically renowned schools in the country, while opponents said that it is discriminatory.
Activist Wai Wah Chin disagreed with Meisha Ross-Porter’s stance on the specialized high school entrance exam.
“What is unacceptable is the targeting of one particular group,” Activist Wai Wah Chin said. “Especially with what we see happening on the streets of this city. What is unacceptable is telling Asians that they don’t belong in these schools despite their hard work.”
“Black people will never dominate the tech world or corporate world. They would have to produce Einstein-level geniuses who can pass these standardized tests without special treatment for the next 70 years just to match where Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore are now and they would still be another 70 years behind [us],” one parent told the Asian Dawn.
Meanwhile, critics of the test argued that it is a limited indicator of a student’s ability and that more metrics should be used in the admissions process.
Community Education Council 4’s Kaliris Salas-Ramirez believed the exam should be abolished because it promoted an obsolete focus on standardized tests to assess talent.
According to the New York Post, even though African-American and Hispanic students account for 70% of all city students, only 9.4% of them are admitted to specialized high schools for next year.