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Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza made waves when he said that he wants to eliminate test scores as the criterion for entry to New York City’s specialized high schools. Carranza also opposes the selective admissions screening in place at 80 other high schools, which use test scores and grades to admit the brightest and most talented kids. These practices are racist and lead to segregated schools, he claims — but the data say otherwise. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Numbers: Carranza says that screening results in segregation, but 63% of the students in the 80 screened high schools are black or Latino, compared with 68% of the citywide student population. Read more.

  2. Bias: Not long after starting in his new job, Carranza accused a parent who disagreed with him of racism, and urged her to take anti-implicit-bias training. Read more.

  3. Asians: Since non-whites, primarily of lower income, are the main beneficiaries of the current system of testing for the specialized high schools, charges of racial segregation are specious. Read more.

“Anyone who wants to attack these schools should understand they might be hurting the students they’re trying to help.”

David Rubel, education policy consultant

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The Plot Against Merit By Dennis Saffran (Summer 2014)

“Seeking racial balance, liberal advocates want to water down admissions standards at New York’s elite high schools.”

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