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NYC middle schools, high schools to change admissions rules

NYC middle schools, high schools to change admissions rules
The new rules mark a major revamping of the city’s admissions process, and one that education advocates have long pushed for to address the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York City middle schools won’t screen applicants based on grades, attendance or test scores this year, and high schools will be permanently barred from prioritizing students who live in their surrounding neighborhoods, officials were expected to announce Friday.They will have a ripple effect across the city’s public school system, immediately changing admissions rules at roughly 40% of middle schools and some of the city’s most coveted public high schools.Junior high schools won’t be able to rank students based on factors like tests scores, grades, attendance or auditions this year.High schools will still be able to “screen” students for admission, but will no longer be able to give preference to students who live in the surrounding district.

[More Education] No students, staff test positive for COVID-19 at Brooklyn school where 150 crowded into cafeteria: NYC Education Department p The district — home to some of the city’s most coveted and selective public high schools including Eleanor Roosevelt High School — has long given preference to students who live in the area, including much of Lower Manhattan and the Upper East Side.The city’s eight specialized academic high schools, which include Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech, will still admit students based on the results of the Specialized High School Admissions Test which will be administered in-person at city middle schools beginning Jan.

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