ADVOCATING FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AT BOSTON LATIN SCHOOL, BOSTON LATIN ACADEMY, & JOHN D O'BRYANT SCHOOL OF MATH AND SCIENCE
The Boston High School Heads Association, which represents the leaders of the city's more than 30 high schools, called the plan "deeply flawed" and "a top-down exercise in poor planning." They called on Cassellius and the school committee to abandon the proposal, which they characterized as "divorced from any authentic analysis of data."
Lotteries signal a sort of superficial fairness, but in practice they’re worse than taking every middle school’s best students. Their effect will be to encourage grade inflation across the system—to get more kids into the “pool”—and favor students who may be ill-prepared or indifferent over hundreds who yearn for the opportunity, many of them Asian-Americans from low- or middle-income families bent on getting their children the best possible education.
Of the 97 Boston public schools included in the assessment, 34 schools serving more than 17,000 students were among the lowest-performing 10 percent of schools in Massachusetts, according to Riley's office - and most of those were in the bottom 5 percent.
Approximately one-third of the district’s students —16,656 — attend schools ranked in the bottom 10 percent of the state, the review noted
62 students, largely from non district schools, have been mistakenly denied entry to the city's exam schools over the last two school years.
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