This month, the City Council passed a bill to create a task force to evaluate the test and the specialized high schools’ admissions process.
The exam’s critics, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, have suggested decreasing the test’s weight in admissions or eliminating it altogether as strategies to diversify the city’s eight specialized high schools.
They imply that white and Asian American students, who are disproportionately represented in the specialized high schools, are more capable test-takers, and thus, smarter.
The SHSAT is largely a reading test.
Specialized high school acceptances shine an uncomfortable spotlight on these discrepancies.