Students gain entry to one of these eight “specialized” schools by scoring high enough on a single exam called the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).
Today, about 70 percent of New York high schools are black and Hispanic — but they account for just 10 percent of students in New York’s specialized high schools.
And the city predicts it will offer fewer seats to white students — but also significantly fewer seats to Asian students.
First, de Blasio wants to reserve 20 percent of seats in specialized schools for students from high-poverty schools who didn’t meet the exam cutoff.
It’s worth taking a step back and remembering that there really is something awry with the admissions process at specialized schools.