Department of Education Materials

2019-2020 SHSAT Handbook

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Relevant Legislation

NYC Council File #1541-2019 Law #2019/208

Creating a specialized high school taskforce that would be charged with addressing the racial/ethnic student body inequities of the specialized high schools. The task force would be required to examine (i) the current admissions system, including the specialized high school admissions exam and whether such exam should be changed or eliminated; (ii) existing programs such as the Department of Education’s discovery and dream programs; and (iii) the use of alternative admissions methods, including state standardized examinations and grade point average.

Assembly Bill A4818 Requires the New York city department of education to create more gifted and talented programs and classes.

Sponsor: William Colton
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/A4818
February 5, 2019 – Referred to Education Committee
January 8, 2020 – Referred to Education Committee Assembly Bill A2240 Requires school districts to screen for gifted and talented students and provides the parents or guardians of such students the option to opt out of such screening.

Sponsor: Nily Rozic
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/A2240
January 22, 2019 – Referred to Education Committee
January 8, 2020 – Referred to Education Committee

Assembly Bill A8435 Authorizes the chancellor of city district to control and operate certain specialized high schools in the city of New York

Sponsor: Peter Abbate, Jr.
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a8435
July 3, 2019 – Referred to Education
January 8, 2020 – Referred to Education