A smaller number of black and Latino eighth-graders have secured seats at some of New York City's most elite high schools this year, new Department of Education figures show.
Some 4,798 students got offers Monday to attend specialized high schools based on their scores on the controversial Specialized High School Admissions Test, the DOE said. Only 506, or about 10.5 percent, of them were black or Latino even though those ethnic groups account for about two thirds of the city's student body, the figures show, down from 527 last year.
Of the 895 students offered seats at Stuyvesant High School, generally considered the city's most competitive public high school, 33 are Latino and just seven — or about one in every 128 — is black, DOE figures show. And only a single black student got a seat at Staten Island Technical High School, where a total of 304 were admitted.