Asian and white students dominated admissions to the city’s specialized high schools yet again this year – figures that will likely reignite the debate over entry criteria for the eight coveted campuses.
At the same time, diversity in our specialized high schools remains stagnant, because we know a single test does not capture our students’ full potential.
Asian predominance at the specialized high schools was especially pronounced at Stuyvesant, where they filled 524 of 766 slots — or 68 percent.
While abruptly drowned out by the coronavirus crisis, the roiling debate over the current single-test admissions system to the city’s top schools has grown increasingly bitter in recent years.
Opponents contend that the test is inherently color-blind and has forged some of the top academic high schools in the country.