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www.nydailynews.com: A better way to diversify elite schools: Don’t scrap the test, just don’t make it gameable

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Another strategy would be to alter the formula to calculate students’ final scores.

Although the Department of Education keeps the exact formula a carefully-guarded secret, the New York Times found in 2005 that a section score in the 99th percentile in math and 49th in English produced a final score high enough for admission to Stuyvesant; but a score in the 97th percentile in math and 92nd in English did not.

In practice, this favors Asian-Americans highly skilled in math who sometimes lack full English proficiency, even though students should have the highest proficiency in both subjects to handle these schools’ rigorous curricula.

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