NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for changing the admissions criteria of NYC's elite high schools
, arguing that relying solely on a single exam (the SHSAT
) "creates a “rich-get-richer” dynamic that benefits the wealthy, who can afford expensive test prep. However, the reality is just the opposite. It’s not affluent whites, but rather the city’s burgeoning population of Asian-American immigrants — a group that, despite its successes, remains disproportionately poor and working-class — whose children have aced the exam in overwhelming numbers." [more inside]
Why do Asian-American students achieve higher grades than Latino-American students?
Despite the fact that the students come from the same socioeconomic
background (median annual household incomes below $50,000 in working-class Los Angeles neighborhoods), Asian-American students disproportionately get better grades, attend AP courses, and go to college than their Latino-American counterparts. Students
at Lincoln High School
sit down for a frank discussion of why that is.