Do Exam Schools Add Value?”

The Boston Globe; August 30, 2011

Historically, many of Massachusetts’ polit­i­cal and eco­nomic lead­ers have built their suc­cess on the edu­ca­tion received at the city’s his­toric exam schools—Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the John D. O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science, which in total enroll about 5,300 grade 7-12 stu­dents. These schools have received acco­lades from the usual sources of school rank­ings, and led other states to fol­low our exam­ple, with New York City build­ing on its own his­toric grade 9-12 exam schools (Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science, and Brooklyn Technical High School) by estab­lish­ing in 2002, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, and Queens High School for the Sciences at York College. Mayor Bloomberg fol­lowed in 2005 and 2006 by chang­ing the Staten Island Technical High School into an exam school, and open­ing the Brooklyn Latin School in clear imi­ta­tion of the Boston Latin School, respectively.”

By Jim Stergios