Regarding Bard's assessment test. Is it graded? Are the results public? I imagine it's one of many criteria and the admissions team exercises it's own discretion. Much like Harvard exercises discretion. I don't think these schools are pure meritocracies (if meritocracy measures grades and standardized test scores).
Regardless, by getting rid of the honors track and gifted programs in the lower and middle schools
Regarding Bard's assessment test. Is it graded? Are the results public?
do think, however, that the DeBlasio and Carranza are unfairly targeting the Asian community just because they found their niche - the SHSAT dependent schools. They aren't targeting Bard, Beacon and the like, even though they are not representative of the overall demographic of NYC public schools and are much more favorable to White students.
I was in a program in middle school where you skipped 8th grade but not every middle school had that program - I don't know if it exists anymore.
And you're right, the fact that a lot of the Asian students who crack the SHSAT are in the low income bracket, would mean that particular system wouldn't work too well in NYC.