Among the applicant pool for the specialized high schools, that means Asians.
Comparing the specialized schools with other selective city high schools that don’t use the SHSAT bears this out.
These “screened” high schools are, to varying degrees, more selective than regular neighborhood high schools; they choose students using the multiple criteria supported by SHSAT critics.
Critics of the SHSAT will reply that something must be done about declining black and Hispanic enrollment at the specialized high schools.
It is not the specialized schools’ emphasis on merit, but rather the advocates’ defeatist worldview that is truly — and tragically — wrongheaded.