Revised October 27, 2017


August 22, 2017


Community Superintendents


High School Superintendents


Field Support Center Teams


School Principals



Raymond J. Orlando, Chief Financial Officer



Specialized High School Admissions Testing


This memorandum allocates resources to school locations administering the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT).


SHSAT: Admissions Testing

One of the goals of the administration is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in 21st-century workplaces and communities. New York City’s specialized high schools (Bronx High School of Science, Brooklyn Technical High School, Stuyvesant High School, The High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, Queens High School for Sciences at York College, Staten Island Technical High School, The Brooklyn Latin High School, and High School of American Studies at Lehman College) provide an intensive focus on specific subjects for students who are interested in careers in specific areas.


The allocation below is for testing costs associated with entrance to the specialized schools (not with school costs). Testing site schools will be expected to provide a detailed account of the use of these funds upon request. The allocation provides funding to cover per session activities and OTPS costs in registration, preparation and the administration of the test including teachers, paraprofessionals, school aides, school counselors, other school-based staff, postage and supplies.


The allotments in Table 1 below will be placed in TL Specialized Admissions HS.


FSC Teams


School Names





Stuyvesant High School





Bronx High School of Science





Brooklyn Technical High School





James Madison High School





Hillcrest High School





Hillcrest High School





Staten Island Technical High School








SHSAT: Test Prep & Accommodations

As part of a DOE initiative to increase access and boost diversity at New York City’s specialized high schools, the DOE piloted the school day administration of the SHSAT exam on October 25, 2017 at 15 schools.


Administering the exam during the school day removed barriers such as testing at an unfamiliar location, traveling to a citywide testing site and conflicts with family or work obligations on the weekend. The 15 schools in the pilot have a large number of high-potential students from districts currently underrepresented in the specialized high schools. By administering the test during the school day, at these locations, the DOE expects an increase in the number of high-performing students, from these communities, taking the test and enrolling in a specialized high school.


As part of this initiative, the DOE provided after-school test prep classes for students at 11 of the 15 pilot schools. 4 of the pilot schools are also participating in another DOE initiative which provides SHSAT test prep. As a result, those 4 schools did not receive centrally-supported test prep.


The cost of instruction and materials for the test prep courses has been borne centrally. This allocation is to support additional expenses associated with implementation of the course which were borne directly by the pilot schools, including:

·         Per session for after-school coverage and other prep work related to the course, and

·         Per session for hiring school based staff to administer a single practice test to students participating in the after school course.


In addition, each school participating in the pilot is responsible for ensuring that students with disabilities receive the proper accommodations on the SHSAT. This allocation also provides additional funds to cover costs which might be incurred through coordinating or administering the SHSAT for students with disabilities. Each of the schools will receive a per session allocation to cover 3 hours of work outside the regular school day associated with providing accommodations to students with disabilities taking the SHSAT.


This allocation was determined based on the following:

·         Each test prep class met for 12 total hours. In schools with more than 1 course, it is expected that some classes were scheduled concurrently. As such, funds have been allocated at the rate of 12 hours for every 2 classes.

·         Each class required the school-based administration of 1 practice test. Funds have been allocated at the rate of 4 hours per class.

·         Each school will receive an allocation to cover 3 hours of work outside the regular school day associated with providing accommodations to students with disabilities taking the SHSAT.


Schools receiving this allocation will be expected to provide an account of the use of these funds upon request.  Funds must be used to support Per Session and Per Diem titles.  Funding will be placed in the TL SHSAT Test Prep allocation category and are shown on Table 2.


Download a copy of the School Allocation Memorandum No. 71, FY 2018.



Table 2 – Specialized High School Admissions Test Prep Allocation Details

RJO: ydr

C:        Amy Basile

Jessica Lee

Sam Daunt

Phil Weinberg

Dan Aymar-Blair

Alice Brown

Dan Park

Tinesha Ross