JONATHAN CHAIT OCTOBER 28, 2010
[Guest post by Isaac Chotiner]
The Times has a piece today on the tests given to children who apply to elite New York preschools. It turns out that the schools sometimes offer certain children a chance of taking another test, in case the kids' original scores were too low. Who are these kids?
[Amandy Uhry, a private school admissions adviser] said 2 percent to 5 percent of her clients each year were offered the option [of taking a re-rest].
“Usually the people who get a retest are in some way connected to the school, or seriously a very, very excellent candidate,” she said, like a celebrity’s child or one with very wealthy parents willing to contribute to the school’s endowment.
The new measure of excellence: having a celeb parent!