ERIC Number: EJ775895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
A Test of Will
McCloskey, Patrick J.
Teacher Magazine, v14 n3 p20-27 Nov 2002
In this article, the author describes how Math/Science Institute (M/SI) in New York City prepares minority students to take the rigorous entrance exam for the city's three specialized science high schools: Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Technical. M/SI was created in 1995 by Ramon Cortines, who was then chancellor of New York City's school system, to increase the presence of African American and Hispanic students at the elite high schools--without, as he made clear, "lowering the bar." At that time, minority students made up a mere 9 percent of the enrollment at Stuyvesant, the starkest example, while they were 70 percent of the city's public school population. To counter this trend, M/SI offers slots to 6th graders citywide--regardless of whether they attend public school--but focuses on recruiting from underrepresented neighborhoods. The result is an enrollment in the program that accurately reflects the demographics of the public system. This article also describes how Bruce Ravage, director of M/SI, has successfully prevented an M/SI student from dropping out of the program.
Descriptors: Grade 6, Minority Groups, Neighborhoods, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Academic Achievement, Tutoring, Test Coaching, High Risk Students, High School Students, College Bound Students, Program Effectiveness, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6; High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: New York