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New York, NY – City Council Member Peter Koo stated the following regarding proposed changes to the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).


Council Member Peter Koo stated, “Weakening the admissions criteria for schools that are selectively designed for academically gifted students is counterintuitive and works against the original intent of specialized high schools. A test that focuses on such empirically unbiased subjects like math, logic and reading comprehension cannot be blamed for failing at diversity. If the city were truly concerned about diversifying these schools, it would do more to provide opportunities for robust testing prep in underrepresented schools.”