Slate’s Mistakes for the Week of April 17

In an April 14 School, Michael Dannenberg misstated that Texas students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school classes are guaranteed admission to the state’s flagship, the University of Texas at Austin. Such high-achieving Texas students are still guaranteed admission to state-funded schools, but in 2009 the state amended the policy so that UT-Austin could cap its incoming class at a certain percentage of top 10 students. In addition, Dannenberg mischaracterized the percentage of students admitted by early admission at Bates College as, currently, 81 percent, and the nature of that early decision as binding. This number referred to data regarding students admitted via early decision in 2020, when, due to pandemic disruption, early admission was not binding.

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