A New York City education administrator calls for completion of a specialties high school entrance exam and laments new data that shows Asians dominate test scores.
Chancellor of the schools, Meisha Ross-Porter, called the test results, which showed Asians made up 53.7% of students admitted to special schools in the city, “unacceptable”. according to New York Post .
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“I’ve known since I was 21 as an educator that many more students could thrive in our special schools, if only given the chance,” Ross-Porter said in a statement with the results. “Instead, the continued use of the specialized high school admission test will produce the same unacceptable results over and over again, and it is high time that our students were fairly represented in these schools.”
White students made up 27.9% of admitted students compared to 5.4% Hispanic and 3.6% black.
Supporters of the test took issue with Ross-Porter’s comments, including activists who represent Asian groups in the city.
“What is unacceptable is the targeting of a particular group,” activist Wai Wah Chin said. “Especially with what we see happening in the streets of this city. What is unacceptable is telling Asians that they have no place in these schools despite their hard work.
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While supporters of the test argue the process is color blind, critics of the test insisted that he is racist, citing statistics that show that 70% of students are Hispanic or black, but they represent only 9.4% of students admitted via the test.
“State law that requires the city to administer the exam must be repealed so that we can partner with our communities to find a more equitable path and do good for all of our children,” added Ross-Porter.