Richard Bernstein explains the secret to the academic success of Asian-American students on standardized tests: test prep.

As we have noted, Asian-American students ace the admissions test for NYC exam-based high schools.

“Asian children, who comprise just 16 percent of the overall school population, have come to dominate admissions to those schools –earning more than 50 percent of the spots overall and 74 percent of the slots at Stuyvesant, the most competitive and prestigious school in the public system. Of the 900 eighth graders admitted to Stuyvesant for next year, 10 are African American, 27 are Hispanic, 151 are white and 613 are Asian.

“De Blasio has a plan to close this gap: scrap the SHSAT altogether, and offer admission to the specialized high schools to the top 7 percent of all of New York’s 600 middle schools instead. The mayor says this will increase the black and Hispanic population to about 45 percent of the total…

“New York is hardly the only place where Asian Americans are disproportionately represented in the best schools. There’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, for example, which is commonly ranked the best public high school in America. Asians represent about 20 percent of the local population and secure about 70 percent of the seats at the school, where admissions are based on test scores plus grades, an essay, and teacher recommendations.

“Asians now account for 20 to 25 percent of undergraduates at Ivy League universities like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, four to five times their representation in the general population. Advocacy groups cite strong evidence those figures are held down by unofficial anti-Asian quotas at those schools. That claim is at the center of a discrimination lawsuit brought against Harvard by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, now underway in federal court in Boston.”

The Hal of “Students for Fair Admissions,” led by Edward Blum of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, is to eliminate affirmative action.

The effort to abandon affirmative action is likely to pass muster in the new Trump Supreme Court.

This is very bad news for African-Americans and Latinos who are equally deserving of making a contribution to our society and equally deserving of a chance to enter the middle class without intensive test prep.