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An investigation by the New York Times has revealed that a number of students have been given the privilege of doubling the time needed to take the exam. As told by the news outlet, "there appears to be a racial disparity in who is receiving this special accommodation, which is covered under a federal designation known as a 504." Turns out, white students in NYC "are 10 times as likely as Asian students to have a 504 designation that allows extra time on the specialized high school entrance exams." Compared to their black and Hispanic counterparts, white students are also twice as likely to have the designation. And we don't mention the students in poverty who are "less likely to have a 504 for extra time." The Typical Student team learned the details.
Equal Opportunities for Everyone?
Credit: New York Times
According to the New York Times, students getting the extra-time provision "are about twice as likely to receive offers from specialized high schools."
The New York Times' investigation has discovered that many students receiving extra time on the specialized high school exam are enrolled in some of the NY's most prestigious public middle schools. According to the findings, New York’s mostly white private schools don't take part in the 504 program. Still, they are providing extra exam time for students with learning issues.
10 New York schools with the highest rates of students taking entrance exams using a 504, 2016-18
|SCHOOL||TOTAL TESTERS||TESTERS WITH A 504||RATE|
|Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy 1 Charter School||34||7||20.6%|
|Abraham Joshua Heschel School||43||6||14.0%|
|Icahn Charter School||82||10||
|St. Saviour Elementary School||63||8||
|Paula Hedbavny School||73||8||
|The Speyer Legacy School||60||6||
|The School at Columbia University||115||10||
|Brooklyn School of Inquiry||138||11||
|Middle School 243, the Center School||128||10||
|Hellenic Classical Charter School||120||9||
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