Boston’s exam schools are hard to get into. The rigorous test needed to gain entrance reflects the schools’ focus on achievement, student engagement and high standards for children on track for higher education.
But in a bid to increase diversity and boost equality, many advocates assert that the exams should be scrapped in favor of selecting students for admission based on other test scores, performance and zip codes.
The goal is worthy, but the way to achieve it misses the point, and does more harm than good.
For this year, the coronavirus controlled the decision, and the Boston School Committee voted unanimously this week to suspend the use of an exam school admissions test for a year.
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