GATE lottery doesn’t make sense

By From page A6 | February 21, 2013

I watched the GATE lottery discussion on the Davis channel on Feb. 7 and found myself getting involved as if my daughters were still in school here now instead of 20 years ago.

My worry about a lottery system would be this: If the number of students who qualify for GATE is larger than the number of places available in GATE, and a lottery is used to select those who actually “get in,” then potentially all the students in the 94th through 97th percentiles could be admitted, leaving out the 98s and 99s. How ridiculous that would look!

But this, or a permutation of this, is a possibility. That’s why the lottery doesn’t make sense to me.

Keith Brinton


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