The focus on low test scores runs counter to the city’s high-stakes testing culture, where admission to everything from gifted-and-talented kindergarten classes to the prestigious specialized high schools is gained by top scores.
another plan emerged that would first screen students by whether they qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and then give priority to those with low test scores and low grades....
.....a diversity initiative by the city Department of Education set aside between 10 percent and 62 percent of their seats for applicants who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches; one of the schools also considers “a diverse range of learners” in the admissions process.
-----The idea, proponents of the District 3 plan say, is to provide opportunities for more students, including those at the very bottom who are not only poor, but also failing, and may need the most help.----they say that it would prevent the top middle schools from simply siphoning off poor students who earn high test scores and grades, and would instead redistribute both high-performing and low-performing students among more schools.
Now my pals in the anti-testing movement always point out that tests don't really measure a student. True. But I would say that generally, reading tests do measure a level of student literacy - the ability to decipher tricky language often used in test questions. THey do not measure intelligence, etc as I often found low scoring kids quite bright but often frustrated at their reading problems and thus considered themselves not smart. There are exceptions but I am talking in general terms. Breaking through that literacy barrier is so tough as it has so much to do with out of school issues.
Anyway, read the article and a note to the racists who read this blog and want to leave their snide comments -- don't even bother.
The NY Times has an interesting article published today: In a Twist, Low Scores Would Earn Admission to Select Schools - The ...