Today: 26.05.2018
News
Opinion
Business
Living
Metro
Tech
Sport

Last News

10:27
Today
09:40
Today
09:08
Today
07:59
Today
07:43
Today
01:53
Today
01:40
Today
01:07
Today
00:47
Today
20:00
25.05.2018
18:30
25.05.2018
18:29
25.05.2018
18:28
25.05.2018
18:26
25.05.2018
18:09
25.05.2018
17:48
25.05.2018
17:09
25.05.2018
15:13
25.05.2018
15:04
25.05.2018
14:49
25.05.2018
14:36
25.05.2018
13:40
25.05.2018
13:25
25.05.2018
12:46
25.05.2018
12:43
25.05.2018
12:30
25.05.2018
12:03
25.05.2018
11:45
25.05.2018
11:26
25.05.2018
11:09
25.05.2018

Don’t mess with the test for the city’s top high schools — fix the real problem.

Forty-five years ago, the Legislature passed the Hecht-Calandra bill requiring admission to Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant and Bronx Science be based solely on an applicant’s ranked score on a highly competitive academic exam called the Specialized High School Admissions Test. Today, five additional schools use the test and all eight of these exceptional, high-performing public schools...
Time: 19:53     Date: 16.05.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Don’t mess with the test for the city’s top high schools — fix the real problem. NY Post 24 - US News

But the specialized high schools have drawn criticism because African-American and Latino students comprise just 10 percent of their student bodies versus 67 percent in the overall school system. The largest cohort are Asian-American, who are from the kind of poor, working-class and immigrant families that have long comprised the student bodies of the specialized schools.

Clearly, this disparity is wholly unacceptable and we have a responsibility to address it. But I’d respectfully submit that critics who suggest repealing Hecht-Calandra and replacing the test with multiple, subjective criteria for admissions are wrong.

Blaming the test for the demographics in these schools ignores that African-Americans and Latinos are underrepresented at high-performing schools not using the test as well.

Asian-American students also constitute near or overwhelming majorities at New York’s three other top-performing schools — Baccalaureate School for Global Education, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies and Townsend Harris High School, all city schools using multiple criteria.

The plain truth is that over the past 20 years, too many schools serving communities of color have deteriorated. There are entire districts in African-American and Latino communities without any Gifted & Talented programs in elementary grades. A recent report from the Center for New York City Affairs shows 60 percent of African-American parents — the largest percentage of any ethnic group — reject their zoned kindergartens and send their children to better schools. But the system continues to fail a majority of African-American and Latino students. By eighth grade, these students score 25 to 30 percent lower than white and Asian students on standardized tests.

What we do know is that there are high-performing, high-potential students from every community in the city who could succeed on the test and in the specialized schools if they’re identified early enough and nurtured through advanced academic offerings and test preparation.

The Department of Education has expanded outreach — including Specialized High School Fairs this Saturday at the Wingate HS campus in Brooklyn and DeWitt Clinton HS campus in The Bronx — and has begun offering free test prep, but the city can do more.

State Sens. Jamaal T. Bailey (D-Bronx) and Toby Stavisky (D-Queens), both Bronx Science graduates, have proposed a measure that would create a pre-SHSAT in sixth grade to identify those high-potential students and let them identify areas they need to strengthen before the eighth-grade SHSAT.

The Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, which I head, runs a STEM Pipeline Program (with funding by National Grid, headed by a Tech graduate) that offers enhanced academics and test prep to students from Brooklyn middle schools underrepresented in the specialized schools. While it is a small pilot program, it showed that students from underrepresented middle schools with the right help can succeed on the test and win admission.

And the city could tweak the state-authorized Discovery Program — an alternative admissions system for disadvantaged students who just miss the test-in score — so students can gain admission by successfully attending an intensive summer program in math and language arts to prepare them for the rigors of college-level coursework they’ll face beginning in ninth grade.

The city can also tweak the definition of “disadvantaged” to be more than a mere economic measure to prioritize students from school districts underrepresented in the schools.

The solution isn’t to kill the test. It’s to improve the quality of education offered in African-American and Latino communities from pre-K onward and deliver diverse, high-quality schools for all New York City children. Larry Cary, a Manhattan lawyer, is president of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation.

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete. NY Post 24 - US News
Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete.
Peter Dalbis has been alive for 76 years, and at least 50 of those were spent following directions in Rand McNally road atlases....
Last US News - Opinion: Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys. NY Post 24 - US News
Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys.
Last week, a judge in New York ruled that a 30-year-old man must move out of his childhood home on June 1 after his parents...
Last US News - Opinion: How I learned to love my online trolls. NY Post 24 - US News
How I learned to love my online trolls.
I don’t want to brag, but I have an especially strong following of Internet trolls. And this isn’t just anecdotal: Someone...
Last US News - Opinion: The NFL was political spectacle long before Kaepernick. NY Post 24 - US News
The NFL was political spectacle long before Kaepernick.
Before there was Colin Kaepernick, there was Hank Williams Jr. In the waning days of the Reagan era, Williams vandalized...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete. NY Post 24 - US News
Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete.
Peter Dalbis has been alive for 76 years, and at least 50 of those were spent following directions in Rand McNally road atlases....
Last US News - Opinion: Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys. NY Post 24 - US News
Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys.
Last week, a judge in New York ruled that a 30-year-old man must move out of his childhood home on June 1 after his parents...
Last US News - Opinion: How I learned to love my online trolls. NY Post 24 - US News
How I learned to love my online trolls.
I don’t want to brag, but I have an especially strong following of Internet trolls. And this isn’t just anecdotal: Someone...
Last US News - Opinion: The NFL was political spectacle long before Kaepernick. NY Post 24 - US News
The NFL was political spectacle long before Kaepernick.
Before there was Colin Kaepernick, there was Hank Williams Jr. In the waning days of the Reagan era, Williams vandalized...
Last US News - Opinion: Why even Trump critics should want a probe of the FBI. NY Post 24 - US News
Why even Trump critics should want a probe of the FBI.
If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we’ve been told incessantly, not merely patriots but consummate professionals,...

Living

US Living News: Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete. NY Post 24 - US News
Why GPS will never make the road atlas obsolete.
Peter Dalbis has been alive for 76 years, and at least 50 of those were spent following directions in Rand McNally road atlases....
US Living News: Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys. NY Post 24 - US News
Deadbeat son is a sign of America’s failure to raise boys.
Last week, a judge in New York ruled that a 30-year-old man must move out of his childhood home on June 1 after his parents...
US Living News: The 20 best reads for your summer break. NY Post 24 - US News
The 20 best reads for your summer break.
Looking for a book to take you away this summer? Grab one of these beauties and let your imagination run wild. How Hard Can...
US Living News: How I learned to love my online trolls. NY Post 24 - US News
How I learned to love my online trolls.
I don’t want to brag, but I have an especially strong following of Internet trolls. And this isn’t just anecdotal: Someone...
US Living News: Tiny cottage on the market for nearly $1M. NY Post 24 - US News
Tiny cottage on the market for nearly $1M.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. – A 595-square-foot Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market...
US Living News: Jon Bon Jovi and son debut new line of rosé, Hampton Water. NY Post 24 - US News
Jon Bon Jovi and son debut new line of rosé, Hampton Water.
From banging through the final leg of Bon Jovi’s “This House Is Not for Sale” Tour to finally getting inducted into...
US Living News: Yearbook recalled after racist slur printed. NY Post 24 - US News
Yearbook recalled after racist slur printed.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Students at a coastal Georgia high school are being asked to hand back in their yearbooks after a racial...
US Living News: Mysterious ‘werewolf’ killed in Montana. NY Post 24 - US News
Mysterious ‘werewolf’ killed in Montana.
A mysterious wolf-like creature was shot dead by a rancher in rural Montana — and even wildlife officials have no clue...

Business

Last US Business News: Blade isn’t leaving East Hampton after all. NY Post 24 - US News
Blade isn’t leaving East Hampton after all.
Blade — the Uber-like helicopter service to the East End — had to endure blaring headlines this spring that it lost its...
Last US Business News: Ex-Xerox CEO caves to pressure, gives up $18M golden parachute. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-Xerox CEO caves to pressure, gives up $18M golden parachute.
Xerox’s former boss gave up an $18 million golden parachute this month as he caved to pressure from billionaire Carl Icahn,...
Last US Business News: Trump administration reaches deal to save Chinese giant ZTE. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump administration reaches deal to save Chinese giant ZTE.
The Trump administration has told Congress that it’s reached a deal on Friday that would allow Chinese telecommunications...
Last US Business News: Herbalife shares crash after Icahn slashes his stake. NY Post 24 - US News
Herbalife shares crash after Icahn slashes his stake.
After nearly six years of battling activist investor Bill Ackman, Carl Icahn has pared down his stake in Herbalife. The hard-charging...
Last US Business News: Live Nation investor withdraws suit over executive bonuses. NY Post 24 - US News
Live Nation investor withdraws suit over executive bonuses.
A Live Nation investor who accused the concert promoter of handing out $11 million in unwarranted bonuses withdrew her lawsuit...
Last US Business News: Roku stock gets boost after short-seller changes mind. NY Post 24 - US News
Roku stock gets boost after short-seller changes mind.
Roku’s stock was on a tear Friday after a noted short-seller changed his tune on the streaming giant. “What a difference...
Last US Business News: Half of Walmart’s workers are now part-timers. NY Post 24 - US News
Half of Walmart’s workers are now part-timers.
Part-time workers account for half of Walmart’s workforce, up from 20 percent in 2005, according to a labor group report...
Last US Business News: Tesla accelerated seconds before Autopilot crash in Utah: cops. NY Post 24 - US News
Tesla accelerated seconds before Autopilot crash in Utah: cops.
A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped...

Metro

Metro News: Mom’s boyfriend arrested after boy was found dead. NY Post 24 - US News
Mom’s boyfriend arrested after boy was found dead.
A 36-year-old man was busted for manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in the Bronx, cops said...
Metro News: Subway performer punched man after he complained about getting kicked: cops. NY Post 24 - US News
Subway performer punched man after he complained about getting kicked: cops.
A subway performer slugged a Queens straphanger after he confronted the dancers for kicking him, cops said Saturday. The...
Metro News: Booze cruise brawl leads to gunfire, car crash. NY Post 24 - US News
Booze cruise brawl leads to gunfire, car crash.
A horde of unruly booze cruisers started a brawl that ended in gunfire and a car crash in Brooklyn Friday night. The party...
Metro News: Emails show de Blasio officials put PR over homelessness. NY Post 24 - US News
Emails show de Blasio officials put PR over homelessness.
The de Blasio administration put public relations before policy in dealing with the homeless crisis — and a senior city...
Metro News: Silver looks to go another round with feds over corruption case. NY Post 24 - US News
Silver looks to go another round with feds over corruption case.
Disgraced politician Sheldon Silver is itching to go a third round in his corruption battle with the feds. The ex-speaker...
Metro News: Cro-Mags punk rocker sues old band over group name. NY Post 24 - US News
Cro-Mags punk rocker sues old band over group name.
A punk-band founder who once attacked his former bandmates with a knife at Webster Hall is now suing them in Manhattan federal...
Metro News: Racist bullies photoshopped my face on Hitler’s body: suit. NY Post 24 - US News
Racist bullies photoshopped my face on Hitler’s body: suit.
A trio of racist eighth-graders at a Catholic school on Long Island bombarded a black 14-year-old classmate with a string...
Metro News: NYC kids pick new ferry names for city-wide contest. NY Post 24 - US News
NYC kids pick new ferry names for city-wide contest.
Ferry creative! Big Apple second graders delivered fun and pun-filled names for a fleet of 10 new ferries that will soon...

Sport

Last US Sport News: The NFL was political spectacle long before Kaepernick. NY Post 24 - US News
The NFL was political spectacle long before Kaepernick.
Before there was Colin Kaepernick, there was Hank Williams Jr. In the waning days of the Reagan era, Williams vandalized...
Last US Sport News: Yankees have rookie star of their own. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees have rookie star of their own.
Only one of them is a freak, in the kindest sense of the word. Only one of them evokes comparisons to Babe Ruth, though the...
Last US Sport News: Players are only ones who can lift the Mets out of mediocrity. NY Post 24 - US News
Players are only ones who can lift the Mets out of mediocrity.
MILWAUKEE — This is real simple for the Mets. Bill Belichick simple. Do your job. You can overanalyze the Mets’ ugly...
Last US Sport News: Greg Bird arrives as Yankees lament Tyler Austin conundrum. NY Post 24 - US News
Greg Bird arrives as Yankees lament Tyler Austin conundrum.
Greg Bird’s journey back to the Yankees from another ankle surgery appears to be almost over, as the first baseman is expected...
Last US Sport News: Shohei Ohtani finally feels wrath of Yankees fans he spurned. NY Post 24 - US News
Shohei Ohtani finally feels wrath of Yankees fans he spurned.
For a time, a night like Friday seemed preordained: Shohei Ohtani taking a big, late-game at-bat in The Bronx, his stardom...