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    NYC 2020 Specialized HS SHSAT Handbook + HS Admissions Guide now online

    This year both documents are available together in one document. The link is:

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollme...d-high-schools

    I will be doing various livestreams on YouTube discussing aspects and thoughts regarding these newly available guides, about studying, etc., hopefully starting today.
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    My guess this will be the final SHSAT where admissions to the SHS will be based solely on test scores.

    This Fall we'll likely see many changes to the most desirable screened HS. One of the high profile HS with changes will be Eleanor Roosevelt which will follow in the footsteps of Baruch and Lab. The latter 2 rank all students with 85+ , 3/3+ oron state tests,10 or less late/absent as 1. With COVID19 home schooling, no state tests, and no number grades, it will likely be a lottery for every District 2 applicant.

    By the Fall 2021 admissions cycle, I predict screened schools will be a thing of the past.....It will be lottery like District 15 middle schools.

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    The data shows that screened schools are strongly sought after. If admissions changes to say a lottery they will no longer be those schools at all and so the dynamics of everything will change just as much. As well, many of the public comments are for retaining screened schools and of those that don't favor the current exact form many of them still favor retaining the screen with modifications. Same with the SHSs.
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    The DOE is updating this Guide as we speak. It is extremely devious--although hardly surprising of them--to make the Guide available without announcing that there will be changes, notably in screened admissions.

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    The DOE is dragging their feet and playing games, as they've always done, and it's always been sad, incompetent and yes devious.
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    Does it say anything about an online or take-home SHSAT? There is a 0.00% chance 30,000 kids are going to be taking the exam in schools in less than six months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FancyBookLearnin View Post
    Does it say anything about an online or take-home SHSAT? There is a 0.00% chance 30,000 kids are going to be taking the exam in schools in less than six months.

    I wouldn’t say 0% chance. The chances of schools reopening is 50/50. You can rule out take home shsat.

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    Indeed, it's definitely no slam dunk given things as they are and how they appear to be moving forward in general.

    So far the position of the DOE is that the SHSAT is occurring as planned. The HS Guide and SHSAT Handbook were written pre-pandemic. And so far they're sticking to that. Is that realistic? Doubtful, so hopefully they're working on a Plan B of substance.

    I have covered a number of related topics in a bunch of YouTube livestreams, they can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5m3HwCMmo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXVN44DnpM0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWbJMm5Y3vc, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSpSPqkuYKE discussing coronavirus impacts on standardized test, with each getting more and more SHSAT specific, including online possibilities.

    Additionally, I am currently reviewing the 2021 HS Guide and SHSAT handbook online via YouTube livestreams, the current ones thus far include https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpSteO1lUAM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipU6BY62vxQ

    A discussion of errata, changes in test format, and other aspects I discuss here http://GregsTutoringNYC.com/2021HSHandbookErrata.pdf I will be adding to this to include coverage of Form B and the Grade 9 math examples.
    Last edited by GregsTutoringNYC; 06-22-2020 at 02:11 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by test321 View Post
    I wouldn’t say 0% chance. The chances of schools reopening is 50/50. You can rule out take home shsat.
    No reason to rule out a take home SHSAT; to not consider it even in passing would be remiss of the DOE. The same goes for the NY State Tests. Many tests have moved online, millions have already been taken since the pandemic hit, including that the ISEE and SSAT are also providing such options including for students of the same age and even younger than SHSAT-takers. It wouldn't be perfect (it never has been), and probably shouldn't be the first option to pursue, but it wouldn't be impossible either. It might also be a way to fix some problems.
    Passionate tutor of Elementary School subjects specializing in NY state tests, and the specialized high/middle school tests (SHSAT, Hunter, TACHS/CHSEE, ISEE, SSAT, ERB, ...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregsTutoringNYC View Post
    Indeed, it's definitely no slam dunk given things as they are and how they appear to be moving forward in general.

    So far the position of the DOE is that the SHSAT is occurring as planned. The HS Guide and SHSAT Handbook were written pre-pandemic. And so far they're sticking to that. Is that realistic? Doubtful, so hopefully they're working on a Plan B of substance.

    I have covered a number of related topics in a bunch of YouTube livestreams, they can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5m3HwCMmo, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXVN44DnpM0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWbJMm5Y3vc, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSpSPqkuYKE discussing coronavirus impacts on standardized test, with each getting more and more SHSAT specific, including online possibilities.

    Additionally, I am currently reviewing the 2021 HS Guide and SHSAT handbook online via YouTube livestreams, the current ones thus far include https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpSteO1lUAM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipU6BY62vxQ

    A discussion of errata, changes in test format, and other aspects I discuss here http://GregsTutoringNYC.com/2021HSHandbookErrata.pdf I will be adding to this to include coverage of Form B and the Grade 9 math examples.
    I've added a Part 3 to my 2021 HS SHSAT Handbook discussion here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koowrwyj7nE this part discusses Practice Test Form B, extra Grade 8 Grid-ins, and the Grade 9 Math examples. Also, I updated the printable errata at http://GregsTutoringNYC.com/2021HSHandbookErrata.pdf to reflect those.
    Passionate tutor of Elementary School subjects specializing in NY state tests, and the specialized high/middle school tests (SHSAT, Hunter, TACHS/CHSEE, ISEE, SSAT, ERB, ...)

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