Friday, March 14, 2014
New York City: More black and Hispanic students took the entrance exam to get into the city’s elite high schools this year, but their pass rates were as dismal as ever, officials have said
Of the 5,096 students accepted by eight specialized schools, just 5% were black and 7% were Hispanic. Nationally recognized Staten Island Tech won’t have a single black student among its incoming class of 344 freshmen. Last year, it had five. Bronx Science, consistently ranked one of the highest-achieving high schools in the city, sent admission letters to 968 middle-school students, but only 18 were black. The story was much the same at Stuyvesant, where seven black students and 21 Hispanics were among the 952 who made the cut. Even Brooklyn Tech, which Mayor de Blasio’s son, Dante, attends, will welcome just 127 black students and 130 Hispanics among 1,844 in its freshman class of ’14. Of 27,817 students who took the entrance test last October, 46% were black or Hispanic. That’s up from 43% in 2012.