The SHSAT has been in the new recently because it has exposed a problem that exists in the NYC DOE. Data has existed for years that shows a gap in academic achievement among students of different races. It is a difficult problem to address, no doubt. However, it became a very clear one when the low number of black and Hispanic students and the high number of Asian students in the specialized high schools was pointed out.
This was not always the case, though. At one point, the majority of the students who attended Brooklyn Technical High School we black and Hispanic. In 1989, the school’s student body was 51 percent black and Hispanic. A big change happened when “student tracking” done away with and advanced academic programs were no longer available in key communities. What is the main idea of this passage – this question will arise during the exam SHSAP
May or Bill de Blasio has tried to eliminate the exam a few times. At one point he even offered to put gifted and talented programs in all of the middle schools if the test was scrapped, which makes the consideration of eliminating gifted and talented programs even more puzzling.
Mayor de Blasio’s first attempt at increasing the number of black and Hispanic students included an overhaul of the test. Scrambled paragraphs and logical reasoning questions were removed from the test. Revising and editing questions were added, and the number of answer choices for each question was reduced from five to four.
How Intermediate Schools Would be Affected
Who Wins, and Who Loses, in the Proposed Plan for Elite Schools?
At the Christa McAuliffe School in Brooklyn, three quarters of the eighth graders were offered seats at the city’s specialized high schools this year. That number would fall to 7 percent under a new plan.
What About Gifted & Talented Programs?
The NYC Department of Education has a program to identify students who excel in school, specifically math and ELA. It’s called the gifted and talented program. It appears to be a program that actually works. The majority of students who are accepted to the NYC Specialized HSs are students from the gifted and talented programs.
In our opinion it seems that students are accepted to the Specialized high schools because they were given a better education in the G&T programs or that they were accepted because they were correctly identified in the G&T application process. What is the main idea of this passage a paragraph is what that specific paragraph is about. Whatever the reason is, it seems like more G&T programs would help more students get better educations and give more students an opportunity to get into a NYC Specialized High School. Eliminating the G&T programs would be detrimental to students’ education. However, that is something that has been proposed.
Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York
A group appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed seismic changes to the nation’s largest school system.
What about the Asian Americans?
Why Asian-Americans Feel Powerless in the Battle over New York’s Élite High Schools
Yuh-Line Niou, a Democratic State Assembly member who represents a downtown Manhattan district that is more than forty per cent Asian, expressed concern about the way that the proposal was rolled out. “Historically, Asians have never been given much of a say in civic or political matters, and here the Mayor is again deliberately cutting them out of a discussion that intimately affects their lives,” she said. Moreover, the problem begins far earlier than high school. “By the time we face segregation in our high schools, it is a symptom of our system’s failings, not the cause,” she told me. “How can we expect to heal a tree of a root disease by trimming its leaves?”