Schools, caught by pandemic and confronting systemic racism, jettison testing for admissions

“What we’re doing is lowering the bar for everyone,” said Yiatin Chu, co-president of Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education, a group that supports screening in admissions. “The mayor likes to talk about equity and excellence. To me, this is neither equity nor excellence.”

She said the change will reduce the quality of schools while forcing some children into an academic environment that is too advanced for them. Teachers at New York’s selective schools, used to dealing with well-equipped and motivated children, will not be able to handle an influx of less-prepared students, Chu said, and will wind up reducing the rigor of their classes.

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