[Infographic] 2016 Stats Show Fewer Black and Hispanic Students Get Spots at Elite High Schools

[Infographic] 2016 Stats Show Fewer Black and Hispanic Students Get Spots at Elite High Schools

After last year's SHSAT, the eight specialized high schools are poised to become even less diverse. Just over 3 percent of offers went to black students, while only 5 percent went to Hispanic students, according to data released this week by the education department. These groups represent about 70% of New York City's public-school population.

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Details on Changes to the 2017 SHSAT Announced; Impact remains to be seen

Details on Changes to the 2017 SHSAT Announced; Impact remains to be seen

Akil Bello, PASSNYC board member and resident test prep expert, overviews changes to the 2017 SHSAT!

For the last few years, the NYC DOE has been under pressure to address the demographic imbalances at the Specialized High Schools. While considered some of the city's (and even the nation's) top schools, these schools have not reflected the diversity and demographics of the city as a whole in decades. The De Blasio administration took steps to increase the diversity of these schools and signaled that they would actually attempt to address the fact that only 11% of specialized schools are Black or Hispanic while approximately 70% of other city schools are. The administration took another step later in the fall when it paved the way for changes to the Specialized High School Admission Test (SHSAT), the sole means of entry to the Specialized High Schools.

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2016 PASSNYC Collective Impact Summit

2016 PASSNYC Collective Impact Summit

Our First Collective Impact Summit focused on networking, collaboration, and new solutions.  We gathered talented and passionate individuals and challenged them to work together in a short period of time.  We are overjoyed that the Summit was a tremendous success.  

Hosted at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Churchour First Collective Impact Summit brought together 50 attendees from over 40 different organizations on Friday, October 14, 2016.  A breakfast through lunch affair, participants got to hear from Dr. Hazel Dukes of the NAACP, and Harold O. Levy of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, before completing our Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking and Collective Impact Boot Camp activities.   

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And Our Winner of The Princeton Review Test Prep Contest Is...

And Our Winner of The Princeton Review Test Prep Contest Is...

To help drive SHSAT outreach, we partnered with the Princeton Review to increase access to practice SHSATs. Over the summer of 2016, we challenged schools, non-profits and community groups to sign up for practice exams for a chance to win a free Princeton Review Ultimate Classroom SHSAT course for 20 students, including 25 in-person instruction hours, 4 full length proctored practice tests, and all course materials. 

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What Makes the SHSAT So Hard?

What Makes the SHSAT So Hard?

This week’s blog post is guest-written for PASSNYC by Akil Bello, a career test prep teacher and tutor who has spent 25 years helping people prepare for admissions tests, and board member of PASSNYC.

As we approach September in New York, we enter that special time of the year affectionately known as "fall hell," when parents of students in every transition grade realize that admission testing is looming. 

In this post, I'll take on the SHSAT, explain how it's different from other exams, and share the top 3 things you can do to prepare. Let's go...

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Announcing the PASSNYC School Explorer

Announcing the PASSNYC School Explorer

To improve access to education opportunities (including New York’s specialized high schools) for talented students across the city, we also need to improve access to information about schools. Whether you are a parent, community advocate, researcher or policy maker, we believe information about NYC schools should be easy to find and use--to help everyone make more informed decisions that lead to improved access.

That’s why we created the PASSNYC School Explorer--a tool designed to help you uncover the information you need on elementary and middle schools in NYC. 

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