Black & Hispanic Pass Rates Drop in Elite High School Exams

Aaron Short, New York Post, March 12, 2014

More black and Hispanic students took the entrance exam to get into the city’s elite high schools this year, but their pass rates were as dismal as ever, officials said Tuesday.

Of the 5,096 students accepted by eight specialized schools, just 5  percent were black and 7 percent were Hispanic.

Nationally recognized Staten Island Tech won’t have a single black student among its incoming class of 344 freshmen. Last year, it had five.

Bronx Science, consistently ranked one of the highest-achieving high schools in the city, sent admission letters to 968 middle-school students, but only 18 were black.

The story was much the same at Stuyvesant, where seven black students and 21 Hispanics were among the 952 who made the cut.

Even Brooklyn Tech, which Mayor de Blasio’s son, Dante, attends, will welcome just 127 black students and 130 Hispanics among 1,844 in its freshman class of ’14.

De Blasio has called for an overhaul of the admissions system, saying one exam shouldn’t be the sole criteria for selecting the most qualified students.


“These schools are the jewels and the crown for our public-school system,” the mayor said. “They produce extraordinary leaders who will be part of the leadership of the city going forward.”


Of 27,817 students who took the entrance test last October, 46 percent were black or Hispanic. That’s up from 43 percent in 2012.


“It’s not good for the city,” said David Jones, CEO of the Community Service Society of New York. “We have to come up with an admission system that is wider than this one-size-fits-all exam.”

Jones suggested that elite high schools consider grade-point averages and teacher recommendations along with admissions exams.


Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the administration will make changes.

“We must do more to reflect the diversity of our city in our top-tier schools—and we are committed to doing just that,” she said.

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  • ncpride

    Jones suggested that elite high schools consider grade-point averages and teacher recommendations along with admissions exams.
    Um, right. Majority black HS GPA’s are a glaring farce, teachers will give their PC ‘recommendations’ (or else you’re a racist!) and the admissions exams will be dumbed down to retard level. Another ‘elite’ school racing to the bottom, full throttle.

    • Oil Can Harry

      This means any teacher who refuses to write a “recommendation” will face assault or death threats from their ghetto students and their single parents.

      • DiversityIsDeath

        DeBlasio will have the poor sap audited by the IRS.

    • Erasmus

      I won’t offend anyone here to say it, but I know to voice my opinion among the general public would be foolish: With so few blacks and latinos in their student bodies, those sound like some fine schools.

      • DiversityIsDeath

        Damn right.

  • Eric Ruttencutter

    How Hispanic were the Hispanics admitted? We know what the incoming freshman classes look like, but what do the graduating seniors look like?

    • Oil Can Harry

      It’s safe to assume many of the “black” and hispanic students who passed were at least 50% white.

      Like the son of Mayor Bill de Bozo, New York’s answer to Herman Munster.

      • Erasmus

        IOW, the mulatto elite. Probably not a real coal-black kid to be found in the student body.

        I’m also going to guess that many of the blacks and latinos who did get in were AA admissions. Wait for it.

        • DiversityIsDeath

          “mulatto elite”. What an oxymoron!

          • IstvanIN

            Haiti had a mulatto elite before they killed them.

      • Grantland

        That position is taken.

        • Oil Can Harry

          I was going to claim that Kerry isn’t tall enough but to my surprise I learned Mr. Heinz’s height is an impressive 6′ 4”.

          Bill de Bozo and the late great Fred Gwynne were both 6′ 5″.

  • r j p

    Mayor de Blasio’s son, Dante, must be named for Dante Alighieri.
    Or maybe he’s named Dante because he’s a negro with a huge fro.

    Of 27,817 students who took the entrance test last October, 46 percent were black or Hispanic. Of the 5,096 students accepted by eight specialized schools, just 5  percent were black and 7 percent were Hispanic.

    What a pitiful pass rate. About 13,000 were black or hispanic, and about 550 get in?

    • If 5% of blacks and 7% of Hispanics pass, then I estimate that the entrance test is essentially an IQ test where 110 is the pass/fail threshold.

      • r j p

        2 StDev

      • DNA Explains It All

        Occam’s Razor cuts deep for whom the bell curve tolls.

        • Erasmus

          “For whom the bell curve tolls.”

          Good one. May I use it in future?

          • DNA Explains It All

            Yes please do, maybe the only “gem” I ever manage to contribute to the “cause”. I do think that was originally mine, but seems too obvious not to have been said somewhere before doesn’t it?

    • So CAL Snowman

      You think a complete waste of humanity like DeBlasio ever took the time to read and enjoy something uniquely European like Dante’s Inferno? It’s more likely he named his son after that crappy Pierce Brosnan movie “Dante’s Peak.” Also I’m so sure that Dante got into Brooklyn Tech on merit alone. I’m sure having a communist mayor for a father didn’t help at all.

      • DiversityIsDeath

        Exactly. If Dante wasn’t the mayor’s son he’d just be a typical negro. He looks dirty, has poor hygiene, poor grooming. He sits around the house eating corn chips and playing “Grand Theft Auto”.

        • Katherine McChesney

          He does doesn’t he. I thought he looked unkempt and dirty also. His hair looks like a rats nest.

          • IstvanIN

            Actually he doesn’t look or sound all that bad for a black kid. Doesn’t look dirty. Reminds me of the kid from “What’s Happening” – (on the right).

      • His poet mama probably named him. It’s better than D’Ante, at least.

  • So CAL Snowman

    ““It’s not good for the city,” said David Jones, CEO of the Community
    Service Society of New York. “We have to come up with an admission
    system that is wider than this one-size-fits-all exam.”

    Wow that is some in your face anti-White racism right there. It’s not good for the city if the majority of students at the good high schools are White? Outrageous. But then again liberals and non Whites have a completely different conception of what “good” means. For liberals and non Whites, “good” means that Whites are dispossessed from all positions of power, regardless of the social/economic outcomes. For sane Whites, “good” means prosperity, safety, and order.

    • TruthBeTold

      “We have to come up with an admission system that is wider than this one-size-fits-all exam.”

      In other words, ‘we must get rid of admission standards’.

      • Northerner

        You don’t have to get rid of admission standards, you just have to change the definition of merit. It’s how the Ivy League stopped an influx of otherwise academically qualified Asian students. In general, changing standards will be applied to lower levels of education, and it will now affect Whites.

    • Erasmus

      “It’s not good for the city,” said David Jones, CEO of the Community
      Service Society of New York. “We have to come up with an admission
      system that is wider than this one-size-fits-all exam.”

      Well, sure, but only as soon as there are more Chinese in the NFL and NBA.

  • pcmustgo

    build more elite schools

    • Ed

      Exactly and make them “elite” for a given area. For example one year the Bronx could not field enough students to support a gifted and talented elementary school class in the entire borough. In order to qualify kids have to score in the 97th percentile.

      Why not just take the highest scoring I don’t know 200 students in the borough and make a school for them up in the Bronx.

  • TruthBeTold

    How soon before the DofE declares these entrance exams ‘racially biased’ because they have a disparate impact on minorities?

    Watch for modified tests, tweaking rosters, and strong arm ‘integration’ efforts.

    • r j p

      Just Google “gifted program disparities”.

      There was one half black/half jewish girl in my elementary school (that was the only “black” and only “jew” in my school). Her parents complained to get her into the gifted program. Then when assigned essentially voluntary work that required essay answers to questions about the archaeological concepts we were studying and dig we were doing, her parents sent a letter saying the questions were too difficult.

      Some people are just more equal to people to whom they aren’t equal.

    • Ed

      The liberals really want to do just that real badly but thankfully the Supreme Court is still relatively conservative. In fact Holder settled a couple of disparate impact cases that were about to be heard by SCOTUS because he feared they would throw it out. If one more liberal replaces a conservative they’ll pounce.

    • JohnEngelman

      How long will it take them to acknowledge that different pass rates are due to different IQ rates, and that fewer blacks and Hispanics deserve to pass?

  • crapps

    There have to be segregated schools . . . .end of line ..

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      If we repatriate the negroes and other non-whites, we won’t have to worry about segregated schools.

    • MooTieFighter

      This would save so many problems, but blacks would never allow it.

      • bilderbuster

        We really don’t need their permission & we don’t even need to ask them either.

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    To the prog-tards it is never about the limitations of the non-White students. If only 5% of White kids qualified they wouldn’t bat an eye but they would celebrate the high non-White admissions. Our schools at every level were world class 50 years ago. Education is a joke in Amerika 2.0 now in non-White Amerika… can anyone with an IQ over 90 not see why?

  • MBlanc46

    When blacks and browns fail the exams, get rid of the exams.

    • JohnEngelman

      Kill the messenger.

  • jay11

    Asians are way outsized in their admission rates. I wonder if they will push back against this call for dumbing down the entrance standards.

    • JohnEngelman

      I sure hope so.

  • Xerxes22

    A large percentage of the students in these elite schools are Asian, much higher than their percentage of the city population. The news article is very careful not to mention that fact. It doesn’t support the agenda.

  • DailyKenn

    Recall the news story that emerged in 2013: “Liberia students all fail university admission exam”

    That is, of 25,000 applicants for admission to the University of Liberia, 25,000 failed to pass the entrance exam. And there was no white privilege to blame!

  • DNA Explains It All

    I have heard mention of the top 10% before, never thought it anywhere near that high.

  • JohnEngelman

    Please. Do not admit students to elite schools on the basis of affirmative action policies.

    • MooTieFighter

      If they do, it’s no longer really an “elite” school.

    • bilderbuster

      I’m sure your plea fell on Brown ears.

  • MooTieFighter

    ““It’s not good for the city”
    – Got to love that comment. So allowing some with more pigment in their skin to cheat and not held to the same standards is “good”. So sad. Another “elite” school that will not be “elite” much longer.

    • DiversityIsDeath

      It is the very notion of an academic institution being “elite” that gauls de Blasio and his kind. Elite is the opposite of common, ordinary– which means that few blacks/browns will get in. De Blasio’s instinct is to degrade a top notch “elite” school so that more blacks and browns can have access to it. But once that happens the school is no longer truly elite, is it?

      • Katherine McChesney

        I think the word is “gall”.

        “Gaul” is a word for the Celtic peoples of France.

        • DiversityIsDeath

          Thank you for the correction.

      • IstvanIN

        de Blasio isn’t that unusual as far as Americans are concerned when it comes to “elites”. In fact, world-wide “Elites” have been slaughtered and entire nations turned upside down because of the notion that we are all exactly the same underneath.

  • thomas edward

    There’s no need to get upset about this. We all know the score. But, in no way will these type of things ever get in the way of excellence, no matter how much the usual suspects howl at the moon. You can just see the White and Asian kids rolling their eyes when the blacks and Hispanic kids show their ignorance in class. The way this’ll work itself out I think is the schools will organize clubs that will segregate themselves by ability.

  • Pro_Whitey

    Perhaps NYC should establish “elite” schools of rapping and street thuggery, which ought to maintain disproportionately high numbers of blacks and browns. Maybe they should just name some of their regular high schools elite and satisfy everyone.

  • Erasmus

    I know this is off-topic, but I thought it would be of interest to AR readers.

    As of yesterday all but 3 of the 330 detained illegal aliens kept outside of Seattle had quit their hunger strike. I am going to guess that reading people’s comments from around the country saying “Let them starve!” made them realize that Americans don’t care about their “plight” and are, actually, only fed up with their own government’s refusal to address the national crisis caused by these tens of millions of illegal invaders.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Well it looks like Mayor de Blasio is working on lowering the entrance bar even more— uh, I mean “overhauling the admissions system”.

  • 4321realist

    “We must do more to reflect the diversity of our city in our top-tier schools—and we are committed to doing just that,” she said.”

    I guess that means they’re planning on cheating as they do wherever there is pressure to include blacks. Hispanics seem to be advancing just a bit. They’re ahead of blacks everywhere.

    Of course, they could just dumb down the qualifications as they usually do or have teachers recommend certain students which will mean black teachers will recommend only blacks, then scream racism when they can’t do the work and protest and demonstrate until they can get the “racist” standards reduced.

    We must have segregation again, only let’s let the white weenies join the black throngs this time.

  • Rhialto

    With computerized instruction, it would be possible to allow all students to progress at the rate that their ability and ambition enables. If 100,000 guys and gals want to master 4 years of college mathematics when they graduate high school, the schools should sit them in front of a computer for instruction with some guidance and discipline from a human. Those that do not have the ability or ambition would soon realize their limitations, and realityize their goals. In the same way, history, English, and other academic subjects would also be computerized.

    Some subjects like gym, language, and Liberal indoctrination would require the traditional teacher-student configuration, as would mentally and morally “challenged” students.

    • Hairy Guy

      yes…i am “challenged” so reduce the challenge and make it easier for me. i am entitled based on my race and “socioeconomic” background

  • TXCriollo

    Makes sense none of them can pass and why do they think using there gpa gonna help any. A 1.5 at a bad school isnt gonna make it any eaiser to get in

    • Blacks and Hispanics tend to get higher letter grades than they deserve, either because the leftist teachers pity them and pander to them, or if the teacher gives them the grade they deserve, the principal or someone else up the totem pole bumps the grade upward.

      There has actually been empirical research done proving this, but I did not save the source.

      • TXCriollo

        I agree I dont always think its the teachers more the wonderful lawyers that see a big law suit vs the school ao admin is scared to fail any of these wonderful students

  • 2eRep

    Let’s dig a hole so we can lower the bar even further.

    • There’s a simpler solution than that: redesignate all schools to be “elite”. That way, nobody’s feelings would be hurt. We could also abolish testing and give everyone straight-A grades, even if they never show up to class. The resulting generation of illiterate idiots could all get faux make-work jobs as “diversity coordinators”.

      • newscomments70

        At one time, the government of Haiti promoted all members of their military to the rank of General, complete with fancy pimped-out uniforms. They did this to promote self esteem. I can understand this happening in a backward, third world culture, but white liberals are promoting this undeserved promotion in western countries.

        • That same Haitian military has only ever been good at one thing: terrorizing the local civilian population.

      • FransSusan

        This is already being done in some ways. Students are given grades in courses they can’t possibly pass and degrees they didn’t earn. Affirmative action at work.

    • DaveMed

      Nice one. 🙂

  • negrolocaust

    Owens an aspiring rap artist, who was supposed to perform later that night, reportedly has a lengthy criminal history. It includes a 2010 arrest for criminal trespassing in Killeen, a 2011 conviction for DUI in Alaska and in 2012 he was arrested in Fairbanks for criminal mischief. The Honda Civic he was driving at the time of the deadly crash had been reported stolen out of Killeen, the report said.Austin police said officers tried to pull Owens over at a gas station near Interstate 35 for suspected drunken driving, but he drove off. He crashed through festival barricades and mowed down more than two dozen white people on Red River Street.

    He allegedly killed white 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr, an employee of Massive Music and native of the Netherlands. white Austin resident Jamie Ranea also died in the crash. Several other victims have critical injuries and may not survive.

    Police said Owens tried to make a run for it after hitting a taxi and parked van. Officers stopped him with a stun gun. he was trying to turn his life around and raise his 6 children, he was applying to get his phd he wanted to take a journeyman electrician class he is just a baby. thats all. just a teen. a young child his mother said. a good boy. he would never do that. it was not him no . thats racist. he was in jail but now he just wants to go to school.


      That photo is so typical of the Groidious Maximus, “Iz be rich son na-imeen”. < How pathetic are these people? ) He got a pile of $350 dollar uglier than s*** 1986 looking Air Jordan shoes in every damn color under the sun. But still lives with his Grand Mother, Mom, 2 Aunts, 3 siblings and 5 cousins in some Projects somewhere. All while he's got 6 kids of his own to 3 different baby mama's who of course he hasn't seen since "birff". ( Black Priorities < Unintentional Comedic Genius! )

  • newscomments70

    They have done this in LA unified public schools. The last bastion of literacy were the AP classes. These classes had too many whites and Asians…can’t have that. AP classes have been forcefully integrated as well. Now the entire system is dumbed down.

  • newscomments70

    I just checked…no comments allowed on this outrageous article.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    “It’s not good for the city,” said David Jones, CEO of the Community Service Society of New York. “We have to come up with an admission system that is wider than this one-size-fits-all exam.”
    Meet David Jones. Surprise, surprise.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m sure the negroes will whine ‘racism’ as usual. Letting low score fools in will only result in two things: they will fail or they will bring down the whole class as the teachers will be forced to say the same thing 100 times before it finally sinks in.

  • Hairy Guy

    …this coming from a mayor who was elected based on his kid’s afro.