Officials, families meet to improve high school diversity

Students and parents met with city officials at the Bronx High School of Science Monday to discuss ways of improving the lack of diversity in

Many parents shared concerns over the lack of gifted student middle school programs that would then set students up for success on the specialized high school admittance exam.

Many parents shared concerns over the lack of gifted student middle school programs that would then set students up for success on the specialized high school admittance exam. (3/20/17)

THE BRONX - Students and parents met with city officials at the Bronx High School of Science Monday to discuss ways of improving the lack of diversity in the city's eight specialized high schools.

Data released by the city's Department of Education earlier this month reveals less than four percent of all offers to the city's specialized high schools were given to black students and just under seven percent to Latino students.

Many parents shared concerns over the lack of gifted student middle school programs that would then set students up for success on the specialized high school admittance exam.

Another topic raised was changing the admissions process by increasing the number of evaluation measures beyond just students' test scores.

A new report by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools shows that increasing the evaluation measures would actually increase the lack of diversity. Their data shows the best strategy could be things like free test preparation for those beginning the application process.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Charlie Capalbo was the starting goalie for the 1 Fairfield community rallies behind hockey player with cancer
This week's Real Possibilities report looks at a 2 Real Possibilities: Memory impairment
VIDEO: Fatal crash 3 VIDEO: Fatal crash
Weekend Travel Advisory, 3/24-3/26 4 Weekend Travel Advisory, 3/24-3/26
5 Connecticut Sportscast, March 24

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE