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Boo hoo! Test Prep Profiteers Fear NYC Will Postpone HS Entry Exams

October 4, 2020

The NY Post, a reliable supporter of standardized testing, wrote an article that opens with a predictable attack on Mayor DeBlasio and Superintendent Carranza followed by a couple of heart tugging stories about black students who are spending hours preparing for the SHSAT, the standardized test that determines if they will qualify for a “competitive” HS. But the post REALLY wants you to feel sorry for and support the businesses that profit from coaching and preparing students to pass these tests. As for the characterization of cancelling these tests as a result of COVID, they might want to explain why every nationally administered standardized test was cancelled for the same reason… and while they are at it they might explain why more and more colleges, including the “competitive” ones, are dropping their use of these tests as an admission criteria. Could the implicit racial bias of the tests have anything to do with it?

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