Gifted But Can't Afford Prep Course? No Elite School for You.
In New York City's elite public high schools, students of color make up a tiny percentage of the student body, despite the large number of students of color living in the city. Why? Admission for elite schools like Stuyvesant High School is determined by an extremely challenging standardized test, which requires countless hours of (and money for) tutoring in preparation. The test effectively bars low-income students, many of whom are from communities of color, from gaining admissions to these elite schools simply because they lack access to or can't afford the services and opportunities they need to do well on the exam.
The news reports below, from NBC affiliate New York 4 News, highlights the opportunity gap that is denying thousands of gifted children access to the resources they need to reach their full potential. We can't expect to close the achievement gap unless we're affording all students fair and equitable opportunities to learn.