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Principal Resigns Over Lack of Diversity at Elite Prep School

hunter-college-high-schoolA day after graduation, Eileen Coppola resigned as principal of the prestigious New York City Hunter College High School. She presented a notice of no confidence to the president of Hunter College, who is responsible for the administration of the high school.

The controversy at the school stems from the use of a single test to determine who is accepted to Hunter College High School. The test was written decades ago and has changed little over the years. In order to better their chances of acceptance, affluent families turn to professional test preparation. Many argue that the admissions criteria should be expanded to include interviews or portfolio reviews. In fact, a faculty committee recommended the changes, saying that these measures could increase diversity at the school. Only one percent of Hunter College High School student body is Hispanic, and three percent are black. Seventy percent of the students in the public school system are black and Hispanic. Read the rest of this entry »



Preschoolers Take Entrance Exams for Kindergarten

young readerI think a little healthy competition between students is a good thing. Take preparing for the SAT with a group: you all work together, but you secretly want to do better than everyone else, so you study longer than your partners, end up doing well on the test, and get into your dream school.

There is nothing wrong with that. Unless, of course, you are a preschooler.

This year, 10 percent more preschool students in New York City are qualify for gifted or advanced kindergarten programs than last year, according to the New York Times. This increase is credited to parent and child cooperation with a new admission process that includes an admission test.

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