Lauren Pizer

NYC's High School Admissions Interviews Perpetuate Inequality. But They Don’t Have To

Last November, I met with a student who had just returned from an interview at a prestigious public high school in Manhattan. Kiera’s test scores and grades placed her at the top of her class at Explore Charter School in Flatbush, where I work as a high school placement coordinator. Yet she left the group interview slouched and deflated, convinced that she had ruined all chances at her top choice for high school.

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