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City Efforts Fail to Boost Offers to Blacks and Latinos at Top High Schools
DNAinfo | March 9, 2017
Rhea Wong, executive director of Breakthrough New York (a PASSNYC partner), said: "Test prep on its own doesn’t make up for unequal schooling... the rush to implement test preparation ignored the larger issues of an unequal system of education quality among different kinds of kids.”
[VIDEO] Elite High Schools Still Serve Mostly White and Asian Students, Despite Efforts to Diversify
NY1 News | March 8, 2017
PASSNYC Founder Ryan J. S. Baxter on the 2017 results: "I'm hesitant to say awareness and test prep alone can solve the problem, however they are critical in any effort to solve the problem."
De Blasio's SHSAT test changes: Too timid to improve diversity at Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech and other schools
NY Daily News | March 8, 2017
PASSNYC Board Member and Resident Test Prep Expert Akil Bello coauthors this op-ed: "This past September... the Department of Education announced the first changes in 20 years to the Specialized High School Admission Test."
Diversifying the Specialized High Schools
NYN Media | January 24, 2017
"It has recently been announced that starting this fall, as a result of changes some 20 years in the making, New York City middle schoolers will be taking an SHSAT or Specialized High School Admissions Test that does not include scrambled paragraphs."
Changes Are Coming to the City's Specialized High Schools Test
WNYC | September 21, 2016
"Some panel members questioned whether the test could get easier if it's aligned with seventh grade standards, because the current test is thought to be harder than the state tests."
City to Recruit More Blacks, Latinos for Specialized High Schools
WNYC | June 9, 2016
"'It's a critical first step,' said Ryan Baxter, founder and chairman of the group Promoting Access to Specialized Schools in New York City (PASSNYC). He said too many middle school students don't know about the specialized schools, or learn too late to prepare well for the entrance exam."
Advanced Placement Expansion Means Opportunity for All
Gotham Gazette | June 13, 2016
PASSNYC Founder Ryan J. S. Baxter on the “AP for All” initiative: "Unfortunately, outside of the specialized high schools, many students lack access to AP classes and support for AP exams. Citywide, there are still over 100 schools that lack AP courses, and many more that don’t offer a full slate of APs, especially in the all-important STEM subjects. These schools disproportionately serve low-income and black and Latino students."
New York City Announces New Initiatives to Increase Diversity at Specialized High Schools
NYC Dept of Education | June 9, 2016
“The specialized high schools are some of the most transformative opportunities for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Ryan Baxter, Founder and Chairman of PASSNYC. “I’m thrilled that the Department of Education is spearheading these initiatives, and PASSNYC looks forward to partnering with the City in this critical step forward to bring equity for New York City students.”