You can both hold students to high standards and consider multiple factors in the admissions process.”ADADIt is hard to know whether officials are right about not lowering standards.
The system that has been in place is so opaque that even those in the school system said they had trouble figuring out what criteria were being used.
School officials said complaints from parents prompted the overhaul.
Clearly, though, there is the hope that the new rules will increase socioeconomic diversity at the selective high schools.
A key to the improvement in the schools has been an insistence on high standards and expectations.

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