Chicago has a much smaller, but academically comparable, system of public magnet high schools. But the schools reflect the makeup of the city better because admission takes into account middle school grades and census tracts, not just the test score.
Almost every student taking the test has straight As. Being from an upper income area mean there are schools (Walter Payton for sure) where you must get an almost perfect score ( greater than 99 percent I believe from what my friends dealing with selective enrollment this year tell me that if a kid got more than one wrong this year it knocked you out of contention for Payton) where student In the lowest income track could score about an 80 percent and get in.
You either have a merit based system or you don't. Adjusting for zip codes, school, race, and other factors is straightforward discrimination.
Take the top X% from each ZIP code.
Why don’t Asian American families receive the same preference as other ses disadvantaged and historically oppressed citizens?
There's ZERO reason a student must go to, say, Stuyvesant over Beacon or Eleanor Roosevelt. Just as we say about colleges here, there are MANY excellent high schools in the city.
If the boy I was talking about in #50 had been Asian, say Han Chinese or Vietnamese, his family could well have been just as poor (although note I didn't say his family was poor -- they were working class, but entrepreneurial and reasonably successful, just not a lot of accumulated capital yet), his father might even have been undocumented, too, but it's very unlikely that he would have older siblings who had grown up here who had not gone to college, or that no other child in his block had gone to college, or participated in a science fair, whatever . . .