Civil Rights Orgs File Complaint Over New York’s High Stakes Tests

Every year, New York City middle-schoolers subject themselves to a grueling academic ritual that could make or break their educational futures, or so they’re told. The 2.5-hour multiple-choice Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) serves as the sole gateway to a suite of elite public schools—particularly Bronx Science, Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Technical. The kids who make the cut tend to be disproportionately Asian and white; Latino and black students are vastly underrepresented. Civil rights groups are now waging a legal challenge accusing New York City’s education authorities of tying the elite tier of schools to an arbitrary test that effectively perpetuates inequality. The complaint was filed by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College on behalf of a coalition of civil rights and community groups. Read entire article and quotes by Change the Stakes member here.

One response to “Civil Rights Orgs File Complaint Over New York’s High Stakes Tests

  1. A society that is willing to sacrifice 70% of its youth to perpetuate bias and institutional discrimination is criminal. History has demonstrated that the damage is not only to those left behind, but it eventually affects all of society. To meet the global pressing challenges that awaits requires the talents of all. We need a fair and equitable process.

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