A10427 Summary:

BILL NOA10427A
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08503-A
 
SPONSORBarron
 
COSPNSRBlake, Davila, Perry, Simon, Steck, Pichardo, Cook, Hooper, Taylor, Rivera, Pretlow, De La Rosa, Titus, Dickens, Wright, Vanel, Bichotte, Joyner, Solages, Arroyo, Woerner, Thiele, Fernandez, Mosley, Gottfried, Epstein, Williams
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 2590-h, add 2590-h-1, Ed L
 
Relates to admission to a special high school in the city of New York.
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A10427 Actions:

BILL NOA10427A
 
04/20/2018referred to education
06/01/2018amend (t) and recommit to education
06/01/2018print number 10427a
06/06/2018reported referred to rules
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A10427 Committee Votes:

EDUCATION Chair:Nolan DATE:06/06/2018AYE/NAY:16/12 Action: Favorable refer to committee Rules
NolanAyeMurrayNay
HooperAyeRaNay
EnglebrightAyeMcDonoughNay
ArroyoExcusedLawrenceNay
MagnarelliAyeWalshNay
PaulinAyeMillerNay
RamosAyeMikulinNay
BenedettoAyeAshbyNay
O'DonnellAye
TitusAye
MillerAye
LiftonAye
KimNay
RosenthalAye
RyanNay
MosleyAye
BrindisiNay
OtisAye
SeawrightNay
JaffeeExcused
PellegrinoAye
HyndmanAye

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A10427 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A10427 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10427A
 
SPONSOR: Barron
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to admission to the specialized high schools in the city of New York   PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to allow special high schools in cities with a population of one million or more to establish standards for admission to designated specialized high schools   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: At present, there are nine specialized high schools in New York City, one of which - Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts - focuses on the arts. The other eight schools are The Bronx High School of Science, The Brooklyn Latin School, Brooklyn Tech- nical High School, High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Staten Island Technical High School, and Stuyvesant High School. Section 2590-h of the Education Law requires that admission to the specialized high schools, other than LaGuardia High School, be based on the results of a competitive, objective and scholastic achievement test. This test is known as the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Section one of this bill would amend section 2590-h of the Education Law to provide that admission to the specialized high schools in New York City be conducted based on a different system, which would be set forth in new section 2590-h-1 of the Education Law. New section 2590-h-1 of the Education Law, as added by section three of this bill, would, over a period of three years, phase out the use of the achievement test and instead offer admission to students attending public middle schools in New York City who rank both in the top of their school's eighth grade and in the top quarter of eighth grade public school students Citywide. For the admission system conducted during the 2018-19 school year, seats would be reserved in the specialized high schools for students in the top three percent of their eighth grade. For the admission system conducted during the 2019-20 school year, seats would be reserved in the specialized high schools for students in the top five percent of their eighth grade. For the admission system conducted during the 2020-21 school year, and subsequent school years, seats would be reserved in the specialized high schools for students in the top five to seven percent of their eighth grade. The remaining seats in the specialized high schools in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years would be filled by students who take the SHSAT and who score at or above the cut-off score for such remaining seats. In the 2020-21 school year, and in subsequent school years, remaining seats in the specialized schools after reserving seats for students in the top five to seven percent of their eighth grade would be filled by a random selection process among eighth grade students from both public and private schools who have a grade point average of at least 3.7. Determination of a public school student's ranking in his or her eighth grade would be made based on a set of criteria determined by the Chan- cellor of the New York City Department of Education. Such criteria would include academic course grades and standardized test scores and could include other measures as well. Students would be assigned a composite score based on such criteria. Based on students' school preferences, students would be arranged in rank order of their composite scores and would be offered admission to the specialized high schools in such order. Section two would make the same amendment as the amendment made by section one of this bill, as described above. Section two would take effect when section 2590-h of the Education Law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, expires and reverts to section 2590-h of the Education Law, as amended by chapter 720 of the laws of 2006. Section four would provide that this bill takes effect immediately.   JUSTIFICATION: This legislation will create a new admissions system for the City's specialized high schools. This system will offer seats in the special- ized high schools to public school students who are at the top of their school's eighth grade and who also rank within the top quarter of eighth-grade public school students Citywide, based upon multiple meas- ures of student achievement, including grades in core academic courses and standardized test scores during seventh grade. This new admissions system will be phased in over three years: offers during the first year will be made to students who are in the top three percent of their school's eighth grade, during the second year, to students who are in the top five percent, and during the third year and subsequent years, to students who are in the top five to seven percent, the specific percent- age to be selected to allow seats to remain open for admission by random selection, as further described below. It is currently estimated that this admissions system will account for approximately 25-30 percent of the offers to the specialized high schools during the first year, and an increasing percentage of offers thereafter. During the first two years, the remaining seats at each of the specialized high schools will be offered to eighth and ninth grade students who take the SHSAT and score above or at the cut-off score for openings that remain in the school for which they have taken the exam- ination. During the third year and subsequent years, the remaining seats at each of the specialized high schools will be offered based on random selection of students who apply and have a minimum grade point average of 3.7 based on seventh grade performance. This new admissions policy is expected to increase diversity in the eight specialized high schools that are currently required to rely on the SHSAT as the sole criterion for admission. Analysis of data about the demographics of eighth graders in New York City's public schools indicates that use of this new admissions system will result in student bodies at the specialized high schools that more closely resemble the demographics of the City's public school population. Our data analysis suggests that as a result of this new system, the specialized high schools will have: *increased geographic representation of public middle schools across the City because the number of middle schools whose students receive offers to specialized high schools is estimated to increase by over 250 schools; and *greater racial, ethnic and gender diversity because the percentage of offers of admission made to black and Hispanic students is expected to increase from nine percent of total offers to as much as 45 percent of total offers, and the percentage of offers of admission made to female students is also expected to increase. The legislation also permits the Discovery Program to take place during the school year as well as during the summer, to allow more students to be able to participate in such program. The Discovery Program could be utilized for admission to the specialized high schools for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, the two years in which the SHSAT would contin- ue to be administered. In addition to promoting more diverse student bodies at the specialized high schools, this legislation shifts the emphasis from reliance on one exam to assessing multiple educational indicators of success, such as student work and achievement in core academic subjects. It thereby rewards students for their sustained diligence and multiple academic accomplishments, rather than their performance on a single test.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately, provided that the amendments to paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the education law made by section one of this act shall be subject to the expiration and reversion of such section pursuant to subdivision 12 of section 17 of chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, as amended, when upon such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.
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A10427 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                        10427--A
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     April 20, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. BARRON, BLAKE, DAVILA, MONTESANO, PERRY, SIMON,
          STECK, PICHARDO, COOK, HOOPER, TAYLOR,  RIVERA,  PRETLOW,  DE LA ROSA,
          TITUS,  DICKENS,  WRIGHT,  VANEL,  BICHOTTE,  JOYNER, SOLAGES, ARROYO,
          WOERNER, THIELE, FERNANDEZ, ERRIGO, ESPINAL, WEPRIN, MOSLEY, GOTTFRIED
          -- read once and referred to the Committee on Education  --  committee
          discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
          to said committee
 
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law, in relation to admission to the
          specialized high schools in the city of New York
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
 
     1    Section  1.    Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the
     2  education law, as amended by chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, is amended
     3  to read as follows:
     4    (b) all specialized [senior] high schools. The  [special]  specialized
     5  high schools shall include the [present] schools known as[:]
     6    The  Bronx  High  School  of Science, Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn
     7  Technical High School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of  Music  [and
     8  the  Arts  in  the  borough of Manhattan] & Art and Performing Arts, and
     9  such [further] additional schools [which the city board  may  designate]
    10  as  may be designated by the chancellor from time to time. The [special]
    11  specialized high schools shall be  permitted  to  maintain  a  discovery
    12  program  in  accordance with the law in effect on the date preceding the
    13  effective date of this section; provided that  the  requirement  that  a
    14  student  who  is  considered for the discovery program attend and pass a
    15  preparatory program administered by the specialized high school,  demon-
    16  strating  thereby  his  or  her  ability  to  successfully cope with the
    17  specialized high school program, shall refer to a program that can  take
    18  place  during the school year or the summer; admissions to the [special]
    19  specialized high schools shall be conducted in accordance with [the  law
    20  in  effect  on  the  date  preceding the effective date of this] section
    21  twenty-five hundred ninety-h-l of this article;
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD00247-04-8

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     1    § 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of section 2590-h of the education
     2  law, as amended by chapter 720 of the laws of 1996, is amended  to  read
     3  as follows:
     4    (b)  all  specialized [senior] high schools. The [special] specialized
     5  high schools shall include the [present] schools known as[:]
     6    The Bronx High School of Science,  Stuyvesant  High  School,  Brooklyn
     7  Technical  High  School, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music [and
     8  the Arts in the borough of Manhattan] & Art  and  Performing  Arts,  and
     9  such  [further]  additional schools [which the city board may designate]
    10  as may be designated by the chancellor from time to time. The  [special]
    11  specialized  high  schools  shall  be  permitted to maintain a discovery
    12  program in accordance with the law in effect on the date  preceding  the
    13  effective  date  of  this  section; provided that the requirement that a
    14  student who is considered for the discovery program attend  and  pass  a
    15  preparatory  program administered by the specialized high school, demon-
    16  strating thereby his or  her  ability  to  successfully  cope  with  the
    17  specialized  high school program, shall refer to a program that can take
    18  place during the school year or the summer; admissions to the  [special]
    19  specialized  high schools shall be conducted in accordance with [the law
    20  in effect on the date preceding the  effective  date  of  this]  section
    21  twenty-five hundred ninety-h-1 of this article;
    22    §  3. The education law is amended by adding a new section 2590-h-1 to
    23  read as follows:
    24    § 2590-h-1. Admissions to the specialized high schools.  1. Admissions
    25  to the specialized high schools shall be conducted  in  accordance  with
    26  this  section,  provided  that  students  may  also  be  admitted to the
    27  specialized high schools for the  two  thousand  nineteen--two  thousand
    28  twenty and the two thousand twenty--two thousand twenty-one school years
    29  pursuant  to  the  discovery program as set forth in section twenty-five
    30  hundred ninety-h of this article.
    31    2. For the admissions process conducted during the two thousand  eigh-
    32  teen--two  thousand  nineteen school year to determine admissions to the
    33  specialized high schools for the  two  thousand  nineteen--two  thousand
    34  twenty  school  year,  students  who meet the criteria set forth in this
    35  subdivision shall be offered admission to the specialized  high  schools
    36  in the following order:
    37    (a)  students attending public schools located in the city of New York
    38  who are in the top three percent of their eighth grade class, as  calcu-
    39  lated  based  on  multiple  measures  of student achievement pursuant to
    40  subdivision five of this section, and  who  achieve  a  composite  score
    41  above  or  at  the  cut-off composite score for the school such students
    42  have committed themselves to attend, pursuant  to  subdivision  five  of
    43  this  section,  provided  that  such students shall also rank in the top
    44  quarter of public school students in the eighth grade citywide based  on
    45  such multiple measures of student achievement, and provided further that
    46  openings  shall  be  reserved for such students at each specialized high
    47  school as set forth in subdivision seven of this section;
    48    (b) students in the city of New York who take a competitive, objective
    49  and scholastic achievement examination in the eighth grade and achieve a
    50  score above or at the cut-off score for the openings that remain in  the
    51  school for which such students have taken the examination; and
    52    (c) students in the city of New York who take a competitive, objective
    53  and  scholastic examination in the ninth grade and achieve a score above
    54  or at the cut-off score for the openings that remain in the  school  for
    55  which such students have taken the examination.

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     1    3.  For the admissions process conducted during the two thousand nine-
     2  teen--two thousand twenty school year to  determine  admissions  to  the
     3  specialized high schools for the two thousand twenty--two thousand twen-
     4  ty-one  school  year,  students  who meet the criteria set forth in this
     5  subdivision  shall  be offered admission to the specialized high schools
     6  in the following order:
     7    (a) students attending public schools located in the city of New  York
     8  who  are  in the top five percent of their eighth grade class, as calcu-
     9  lated based on multiple measures  of  student  achievement  pursuant  to
    10  subdivision  five  of  this  section,  and who achieve a composite score
    11  above or at the cut-off composite score for  the  school  such  students
    12  have committed themselves to attend pursuant to subdivision five of this
    13  section,  provided that such students shall also rank in the top quarter
    14  of public school students in the eighth grade  citywide  based  on  such
    15  multiple  measures  of  student  achievement,  and provided further that
    16  openings shall be reserved for such students at  each  specialized  high
    17  school as set forth in subdivision seven of this section;
    18    (b) students in the city of New York who take a competitive, objective
    19  and scholastic achievement examination in the eighth grade and achieve a
    20  score  above or at the cut-off score for the openings that remain in the
    21  school for which such students have taken the examination; and
    22    (c) students in the city of New York who take a competitive, objective
    23  and scholastic examination in the ninth grade and achieve a score  above
    24  or  at  the cut-off score for the openings that remain in the school for
    25  which such students have taken the examination.
    26    4. For the admissions process conducted during the two thousand  twen-
    27  ty--two  thousand  twenty-one school year and subsequent school years to
    28  determine admissions to the specialized high schools for the  two  thou-
    29  sand  twenty-one--two  thousand  twenty-two  school  year and subsequent
    30  school years, students who meet the criteria set forth in this  subdivi-
    31  sion  shall  be offered admission to the specialized high schools in the
    32  following order:
    33    (a) students attending public schools located in the city of New  York
    34  who  are  in  the top five to seven percent of their eighth grade class,
    35  such percentage to be determined to allow openings to remain for  admis-
    36  sion  pursuant  to  paragraph  (b) of this subdivision and as calculated
    37  based on multiple measures of student  achievement,  determined  as  set
    38  forth  in  subdivision five of this section, and who achieve a composite
    39  score above or at the  cut-off  composite  score  for  the  school  such
    40  students have committed themselves to attend, determined as set forth in
    41  subdivision five of this section, provided that such students shall also
    42  rank  in  the  top quarter of public school students in the eighth grade
    43  citywide based on such multiple measures  of  student  achievement,  and
    44  provided  further  that  openings shall be reserved for such students at
    45  each specialized high school as set forth in subdivision seven  of  this
    46  section; and
    47    (b)  students  in  the city of New York who have a minimum grade point
    48  average of 3.7, provided such students shall be  admitted  by  a  random
    49  selection process for the openings that remain in each school.
    50    5.  The  chancellor  shall  determine the multiple measures of student
    51  achievement as referenced in this section, and the weight of  each  such
    52  measure,  provided  that  such  measures  shall  include academic course
    53  grades and standardized test scores. A description of such measures  and
    54  the  weight accorded to each shall be made publicly available, including
    55  on the website of the city school district. A student who  is  evaluated
    56  based  on  such  measures  for the purposes of this subdivision shall be

        A. 10427--A                         4
 
     1  assigned a composite score based on such weighted  measures.  Offers  of
     2  admission  to  the specialized high schools pursuant to paragraph (a) of
     3  subdivisions two through four of this section  shall  be  determined  by
     4  arranging  the  composite  scores  of all students who are assigned such
     5  scores and who then commit themselves to attend a particular specialized
     6  high school in descending order from the highest score and counting down
     7  to the cut-off composite score, which shall be the  composite  score  of
     8  the last student who receives an offer of admission to such school based
     9  on  the  number  of  openings  available in such school pursuant to such
    10  paragraph.
    11    6. Offers of admission to the specialized  high  schools  pursuant  to
    12  paragraphs  (b)  and  (c)  of subdivisions two and three of this section
    13  shall be determined by arranging the scores of all  the  candidates  who
    14  took  the competitive, objective and scholastic examination and who then
    15  commit themselves to attend a  particular  specialized  high  school  in
    16  descending order from the highest score and counting down to the cut-off
    17  score,  which  shall  be the score of the last candidate who receives an
    18  offer of admission to such school based on the number of openings avail-
    19  able in such school.
    20    7. The number of openings reserved at each specialized high school for
    21  students who meet the criteria set forth in paragraph  (a)  of  subdivi-
    22  sions  two through four of this section shall be determined by multiply-
    23  ing: (a) the total number of ninth  grade  available  openings  at  such
    24  school; by (b) the number of students who meet the criteria set forth in
    25  paragraph  (a)  of subdivisions two through four of this section divided
    26  by the aggregate number of ninth grade available  openings  in  all  the
    27  specialized high schools.
    28    8.  Notwithstanding  any  provision  to the contrary, admission to the
    29  Fiorello H.  LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and  Performing  Arts,
    30  and  other  schools  of  the  arts  that  may be established pursuant to
    31  section twenty-five hundred ninety-h of this article,  shall  be  deter-
    32  mined by a student's demonstrated abilities in music or the arts as well
    33  as such student's scholastic achievement.
    34    §  4.  This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that
    35  the amendments to paragraph (b) of subdivision 1 of  section  2590-h  of
    36  the  education  law  made by section one of this act shall be subject to
    37  the expiration and reversion of such section pursuant to subdivision  12
    38  of  section  17 of chapter 345 of the laws of 2009, as amended when upon
    39  such date the provisions of section two of this act shall take effect.
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