Debate over the decades-old Specialized High School Admissions Test has once again heated up in New York City’s Asian-American community.
It comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced a plan in early June to eliminate the exam, in an effort to improve diversity at specialized high schools.
Only 10 percent of specialized high school students are black or Latino, even though those groups make up 70 percent of the city’s overall student population, according to the mayor’s office.
The mayor’s office, as part of its plan to overhaul specialized high school admissions, said it will immediately expand the Discovery Program to 20 percent of seats at each specialized high school while the exam is still in place.
Those 15 districts send the smallest percentage of students to specialized high schools, the spokesperson wrote in an email.