Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: nnat-2 test, nyc doe information sessions, nyc gifted talented handbook, OLSAT test
If you haven’t registered for NYC G&T testing now is the time! The deadline for gifted and talented this Friday ends at 12 midnight (Nov. 8, 2013). So, what happens after you register for the test? Well, you wait until test day and of course prepare as much as you can for the NNAT-2 test and OLSAT test. As a reminder, the Dept. of Ed. changed the percentages this year so there’s a 50-50 split between the two tests given to our talented tots this year.
A few weeks ago the DOE held information sessions in all 5 boroughs and I was able to attend two sessions in Manhattan and in Queens. Hundreds of parents packed into both of these sessions as they heard the DOE employees regurgitate the handbook. Swarms of parents left after 30 minutes into the presentation after they realized the information session weren’t providing any additional information beyond what was listed in the handbook. I’m glad it seemed a bit more organized than in previous years and it was well staffed by the DOE. Many of the questions from the crowd were given canned answers of like “Well, I”m not sure about that since I’m not an expert in that area…” blah, blah, blah. These sessions seem to be a one-size-fits all agenda where parents are glazed over and checked-out after hearing quote after quote from the handbook. There was one good statement from the Dept. of Ed. woman who said you don’t need to buy any practice test materials because you can go home and make your own questions with paper and scissors. Really? Who has time for that? I could make my own clothes if I had the desire but chose not to because it’s easier and faster to buy clothes at Macys! At least you can get 100 free practice questions from sites like Testing Mom – in color and professionally done!
I would recommend these session for parents who may know nothing about the gifted and talented testing process and haven’t had time to review the G&T handbook thoroughly.
Filed under: cogat test, OLSAT Test | Tags: cogat test prep, nyc gifted talented program
Many New York City parents want to know “What is the CogAT test?” Although the OLSAT test and NNAT-2 test are the two tests for gifted and talented admissions the CogAT is actually much more popular and widely used across the US. The CogAT, standing for Cognitive Abilities Test, is absolutely not an IQ test. Instead, it’s a test designed to assess a student’s cognitive capabilities like the OLSAT and NNAT exams. These capabilities are not traditional learned knowledge like reading and math. Rather, they’re natural skills which can be shaped and sharpened, but not taught in school.
The purpose of the CogAT test is to assess how cognitively developed a student is at different points during their academic career. While the CogAT does not test intelligence, experts believe that there is a strong link between highly developed cognitive abilities, high academic performance and high intelligence.
Here’s an sample question that a child can expect on the CogAT test. As you can tell, it’s very difficult!
The CogAT test has three main portions:
- non-verbal reasoning
These are believed to be the areas of cognitive thinking which relate most closely to academic performance. The above example of CogAT practice questions are from Testing Mom (the site with 100 free practice questions).
Since cognitive abilities are a natural gift, the CogAT has been designed in several versions. This makes it applicable to students of every age, from kindergarten and 1st grade all the way through senior year of high school. Read more about CogAT
Filed under: nnat test, NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT Test | Tags: nyc dept of ed, NYC Gifted and Talented, practice questions, testing mom
Well folks, it’s time to register for NYC gifted and talented testing for this coming January and February! The deadline to register is November 8, 2013 so make sure you sign-up soon. Is your talented tot ready for the upcoming OLSAT test and NNAT test? If not, make sure you visit Testing Mom for 100 free practice questions to get started. Let’s see….the major changes (or not changes) for this year:
- The OLSAT test (Otis-Lennon School Abilities test) now accounts for 50% of the test score and the NNAT-2 test accounts for the other 50%. Last year, the OLSAT was 35% while the Naglieri Non-verbal Test was 65%.
- It looks like the Dept. of Ed. will continue to use the NNAT and the OLSAT test for admissions even with the huge debacle last year from Pearson (the publisher of the test) and the scoring errors of the thousands of tests. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about the DOE “losing” over 400 tests that caused these children to retake the test. Makes you wonder what drama will unfold this year!
- The sibling policy remains the same as previous years so no change there. Great news for parents with more than one child and not-so-great news for those parents with only one child. It’s all based upon your personal circumstances on which side you fall on this argument of sibling policy.
- The gifted and talented information sessions for parents are in new locations and also Manhattan and Brooklyn have their information sessions on the same night and same time. I appreciate the DOE efforts on these G&T information sessions but it’s basically a regurgitation of the handbook so there’s really no need attend if you think you’re going to get additional questions answered beyond the handbook. Here’s a breakdown of the information session for parents hosted by the NYC Dept of Ed.:
Filed under: nnat test, OLSAT Test | Tags: gifted talented handbook, NYC Gifted and Talented Program
Well, rumors are flying around about possible changes to the OLSAT and NNAT-2 test coming up this January and Feburary. Will the NYC gifted and talented test go to 50 50 split? (instead of the 65 35 split like last year). Well, according to a recent article from WNYC about the screw-ups on the scoring of the regents test this quote is nicely tucked at the bottom of the article:
Department of Education spokeswoman Erin Hughes told WNYC that the change was made because the city would be able to get more data on how its students performed.
“Last year, the D.O.E. did not have data on the performance of New York City students” on the Naglieri test, she said. “For this reason, the D.O.E. used data from the national samples for these tests in the 2012-13 scoring methodology.”
This year, Hughes explained, the city is returning to its old methodology, the Normal Curve Equivalency, and will weight each exam equally.
I suppose we’ll find out when the gifted and talented handbooks are published in the next couple of weeks but after last year’s screw-ups who knows what the Dept. of Ed. will do this year!
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: nyc gifted and talented district 2, PS 33 Chelsea Prep
This week is back to school for PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented. Even with the extra week of summer parents were still scrambling at the last minute to make sure their talented tots were prepared for the new 2013-14 school year here in New York City. Some parents last week were surprised to learn that school actually started on September 9 the week after Labor Day compared to previous years.
Here are a few photos of all the action that took place at Chelsea Prep on the first day of school on September 9, 2013!
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: nyc gifted talented, testing week, testingmom.com
Well, the folks from TestingMom.com are sponsoring their first annual Testing Week! Testing Week begins September 18, 2013 and goes through September 27, 2013. These 5 community events are for parents of newborns to 2nd grade who want to learn more about the gifted and talented program and/or private school admissions for nursery school through Kindergarten. Living in New York City is so awesome except when it comes to making a school selection for a small child. Let’s face it, the decisions we make today as parents will impact our child for the near and long term – up through adulthood! No pressure!
If you want to attend any of these events just click here to register.
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: john finley gifted talented, ps 129 gifted talented
Parents on the far upper west side were shocked when they learned their talented tots would be required to wear a school uniform daily. It looks like PS 129 gifted and talented institutes dress code for all of their students – whether G&T or general education. I personally have no problem with a dress code at school but for a Kindergartener to wear a tie each day? Oh and it has to be burgundy color! It’s hard enough for parents to get their kids out of bed in the morning and dressed in casual clothes let along putting on their Sunday best for every day of the week at school. Not sure of the reasoning behind the dress code but as far as I know this is the only G&T program for Kindergarten in New York City that mandates a specific dress code for their students.
Here’s a copy of the actual letter that parents received regarding the dress code: