Comparing SEHS Admission Systems in Chicago, NYC, and Boston
This interesting article in the Gotham Gazette compared the selective enrollment entry systems of NYC, Boston, and Chicago and the resulting racial balance of students within those schools.
Of the three, NYC SEHSs are the least racial balanced to population due to their one-score entry process. Chicago is considered the best balanced (only one to use the Tier system.) The article also points out that we have the most SE highs schools (and the highest % of students enrolled in SEHSs.) Boston has only 3 SEHSs and is pretty well balanced, despite the lack of using race/socio-economic status. Perhaps having fewer schools impacts this in some way?
The city admit students to their selective high schools via a one-test-score system. No Tiers, no grades, no standardized test. It all comes down to how well you do that one day on that one test.
This article points out: “Tweaking the exam is about all the power that the City can exercise over the admissions policy to its specialized high schools. The test-only mandate for entry has been enshrined in state law since 1972. De Blasio, though, spoke about altering the admissions process to these schools as a mayoral candidate and has followed up similarly since taking office. He has expressed a belief that a single multiple choice test can not adequately measure a young person’s potential and a vision for more diverse student bodies at these elite schools.”
We’ve discussed Stuyvesant HS in NYC before, which has a very high percentage of Asian students (something like 70%?!?). According to this chart, Asian students dominate the entire NYC selective high school system, comprising 60% of students vs. 15% of the population. Impressive! Conversely, Af-Am and Hispanic students are getting very few SEHS seats in NYC. I’d be curious to see how racial makeup would look in Chicago if we just used the one admission test.
The article has a very good/simple/accurate description of the progress of the admission system in Chicago. If you’ve ever wondered about that, check out the link.
Entry filed under: High school.