Thursday, March 20, 2014
Recent stories out of New York City note the continuing decline of black and Latino students admissions to elite area high schools such as Manhattan's Stuyvestant High School, Staten Island Tech, Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, and Queens Science. The Staten Island Post reports that "[o]f the 5,096 students accepted by eight specialized schools, just 5 percent were black and 7 percent were Hispanic." This year, Staten Island Tech is concerned that it will have no black students in its upcoming freshman class; this year it had five freshman. Other NY elite high schools are reporting similar numbers. Because the criteria used for admission to elite specialized high schools throughout the city is the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), black and Latino students' performance on that test predict their admission to the city's science and tech high schools. Two years ago, the Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit with the Department of Justice about the low numbers of black and Latino students, and New York City implemented a tutoring program to help increase admissions to the city's elite schools. The declining numbers of black and Latinos in high science and tech programs will inevitably affect the admissions of such students admitted to top science universities.