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Twitter Feed on Tests Offers Multiple Rationales for Abandoning High Stakes SHSAT

March 21, 2019

As readers of this blog realize, NYC uses a single test, the SHSAT, to determine who qualifies for the “elite eight” high schools in the city. Students above a cut score are eligible for these schools, students below that cut score are not. My eighth grade grandson just went through this process and scored high enough to qualify for one of the “sub-elite” high schools— which was the one that he had at the top of his list— but not high enough for one of the elite schools, at least one of which was on his prioritized list.

My daughter who shares my antipathy for the use of a single exam as the sole basis for admissions to ANY school posted this Twitter Feed from Ida Bae Wells on Facebook this morning. Reading through this feed will offer far more insights than I could possibly provide. It is clear that Ms. Wells’ Twitter followers are also unalterably opposed to the way “elite” schools select the “best” students.

  1. Elyssa
    March 21, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I agree it’s a great commentary. It’s written by Hannah Nikole Jones (who uses a different name for her Twitter handle): https://nikolehannahjones.com/

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