Tag: Tests and Examinations

Stuyvesant Has 29 Black Students Out of 3,300. How Do They Feel?

Sarai Pridgen had just gotten home from debate practice on Monday evening when she opened her laptop to find her Facebook feed flooded with stories about a staggering statistic: only seven black students had been admitted into Stuyvesant High School, out of 895 spots. The number was causing a wrenching citywide discussion about race and […]

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Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City on Monday, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York’s elite public […]

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How to Find Trustworthy College Admissions Advice

The uneven playing field for college admissions was exposed last week when the Justice Department charged that wealthy parents had paid astronomical sums in the college bribery case to assure their children’s spots at top colleges. As news reports in the wake of the case made clear, there are also many legal ways to influence […]

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‘Pied Piper’ of College Admissions Scam Had All the Answers

He was part coach, part therapist, part motivational speaker and part name dropper. Like a traveling salesman, he sought out clients near and far, selling dreams of prosperous futures. In central Illinois, William Singer made a passionate pitch to local business executives who came by invitation to a hotel meeting room. In Sacramento, he addressed […]

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College Cheating Scandal Shows a Standardized Test Isn’t Always a Fair One

For parents desperate to boost their children’s SAT or ACT scores, the test preparation company Student-Tutor offered an enticing solution: claim a learning disability and qualify for extra time. “This time advantage can help raise their scores significantly!” the website blared. “Some students have even reported raising their score by as much as 350+ points!” […]

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‘What Does It Take?’: Admissions Scandal Is a Harsh Lesson in Racial Disparities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They studied into the wee hours and agonized line by line over their personal essays. They took standardized tests three, four, five times to increase their scores. And last fall, after years of preparation and anxiety, the students at Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a predominantly black school in Kansas City, submitted […]

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Inside the Pricey, Totally Legal World of College Consultants

For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach. The service begins as early as eighth grade, as students are guided through choosing courses and extracurriculars most likely to find favor in college admissions offices. They must […]

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Fallout From College Admissions Scandal: Arrests, Damage Control and a Scramble for Answers

BOSTON — The morning after 50 people were charged in a sweeping college admissions fraud investigation, the fallout was just beginning. Colleges where coaches were accused of taking bribes were reeling. Wealthy and well-known parents charged in the case were preparing to surrender to authorities or were free on bail. And companies were distancing themselves […]

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Inside the Shadowy, Totally Legal World of High-Priced College Consultants

For prices up to $1.5 million, parents can buy a five-year, full-service package of college admissions consulting from a company in New York City called Ivy Coach. The service begins as early as eighth grade, as students are guided through choosing courses and extracurriculars most likely to find favor in college admissions offices. They must […]

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Here’s How the F.B.I. Says Parents Cheated to Get Their Kids Into Elite Colleges

The scheme was as brazen as it was elaborate: Dozens of wealthy parents, according to court documents filed Tuesday, paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure the admission of their children into elite universities. Test scores were inflated, essays were falsified and photographs were doctored, all in an illicit effort to gain entry to […]

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I Learned in College That Admission Has Always Been For Sale

Shortly after my freshman year of college, when I was debating whether to transfer to another college or drop out and venture into the work force sans degree, I met with an older friend who had attended an Ivy League-adjacent school. I wanted her advice on whether to apply to her alma mater. I’d love […]

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Turns Out There’s a Proper Way to Buy Your Kid a College Slot

Federal prosecutors presented themselves as champions of meritocracy on Tuesday as they announced the indictments of 33 affluent parents who they say sought to buy spots for their children at selective institutions, and of college employees accused of helping them. “There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy,” said Andrew Lelling, the […]

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Texas Says Most of Its Students Aren’t Reading at Grade Level. But Are Its Tests Fair?

MESQUITE, Tex. — Reading is 9-year-old Kristen Hernandez’s thing. She pores over mystery books, stories about vampires and even a college-level anatomy textbook that her mother is studying to become an X-ray technician. So when her parents, Jessica and Alberto Hernandez, found out last summer that she had scored below grade level on the reading […]

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New York Joins Movement to Abandon Use of Student Tests in Teacher Evaluations

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Four years ago, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pushed through a plan to put New York at the forefront of a national movement to reshape American public education: He vowed that half of a teacher’s rating would be determined by […]

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The Ethicist: My Son’s Tutor Slipped Me Entrance-Exam Questions. Should I Report Him?

Last fall, my son was in the midst of New York City’s application process for public high schools, which has sparked much recent discussion regarding unequal opportunities for students based on race and socioeconomic status. With some ambivalence, I took him to a well-regarded (and expensive) tutor to help him prepare for the Specialized High […]

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Challengers of Affirmative Action Have a New Target: New York City’s Elite High Schools

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to enroll more black and Hispanic students in New York City’s most sought-after high schools faces a brand-new obstacle. This week, the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative, libertarian-leaning law firm that has a history […]

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A 5-Year-Old’s 15-Page Résumé Captivates China

BEIJING — The young applicant is described as confident and courageous. His résumé, at 15 pages, is glittering, complete with performance reviews (“full of energy”), a map of his travels (trips to Tokyo and Bali) and a list of books he has read this year (408 in total). But the applicant is not a seasoned […]

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‘You Are Still Black’: Charlottesville’s Racial Divide Hinders Black Students

The debate over the city’s statue of Robert E. Lee and the white supremacist march last year set Charlottesville apart, and spurred it to confront its Confederate past. But the city has not fully come to terms with another aspect of its Jim Crow legacy: a school system that segregates students from the time they […]

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