View Full Version : Local News High school admission cutoff scores reveal impact of Chicago Public School's diversity policy

03-01-2011, 09:14 AM
This from Chicago Tribune (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-selective-schools-score-cutoff20110228,0,2317976.story) by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah:
Scores needed for admission to selective enrollment high schools last fall increased for students in Chicago's wealthier neighborhoods while falling in some cases dramatically for those living in poorer parts of town, data released by Chicago Public Schools show.

A student's address has become increasingly important since CPS adopted policies two years ago to maintain diversity in its most competitive high schools after a federal order banned using race as a key admissions factor.

The first year, 40 percent of the selective high schools' seats went to the students with the highest admissions scores citywide, while the remaining seats were divided among top scorers in each of four socioeconomic tiers in the city. This time, CPS tried to tweak the demographics even further by reserving only 30 percent of the openings for students with top scores citywide.

Admissions scores are computed on a 900-point scale, with one-third of the points coming from seventh-grade academic scores, one-third from seventh-grade standardized test scores and the rest from a selective enrollment high school admissions test.

But students admitted by rank citywide on average had to achieve a near-perfect 899 to be admitted to Payton and Northside College Prep for 2011-12. Students in the higher-income neighborhoods needed at least 891 for admission to Northside, compared with 882 last year. Whitney Young's cutoff score went up a point, to 865.

Yet at Northside, some of the Tier 1 students, from poorer areas, were admitted with a 792 admissions score, 58 points lower than last year. Similarly, at Whitney Young, the cutoff dropped from 818 in 2010 to 784 this year.

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