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Debating Admission Policy at Elite High Schools

Daily Kos

School of Education Professor Alan Singer, an expert on public education issues, writes in his Daily Kos column that the policy of using an exam as the only criteria to determine admission to New York City’s elite high schools could have a discriminatory effect.

He writes: “There is also no evidence that a particular score is predictive of how a student will do in high school, college, or in life. In fact, there is no passing score for the test, only a limited number of seats. The reality is that New York City rations educational opportunity, and students from more affluent families that can easily afford tutors and test-prep classes, or from immigrant working-class families willing to pay for multiple-year tutoring, buy their way into these schools.”

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