But of the 922 students who received offers, just 30 percent are black or Hispanic, compared to 22.4 percent from that group in 2018.
“Clearly these little tweaks with the Discovery program are not working,” said Davids, who is black.
In all, DOE offered Discovery spots at the eight elite schools to 109 black students, compared to 79 last year, and to 169 Hispanic students, up from 95 in 2018.
But Asian students actually benefited the most as 498 received offers to attend via Discovery, compared to 332 the previous year.
In fact, Asian students received 54 percent of all offers to attend this year’s program, compared to 42.7 percent the previous year.