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The SHSAT is currently administered to eighth- and ninth-grade students in order to determine admission to all but one of the city’s specialized high schools.

Of the nine elite high schools in the New York City public schools system, eight use the SHSAT as the sole criteria for admission.

The incoming freshman class at Stuyvesant High School, for example, has only seven black students, according to Chalkbeat.

Instead, we need a comprehensive approach to ensure diversity in public schools and address the fundamental disparities in our education system.

“The admissions process to New York City’s top high schools has become a lightning rod.

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