NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing


Hunter Elementary cut-off scores released

Well folks, the time we’ve all been waiting for has arrived: Hunter Elementary cut-off scores released! It looks like kids in NYC just aren’t as smart at they used to be since the cut-off score this year (for 2014-15 entering K) was a mere 143 – the lowest in recent memory.  I heard from many, many parents this year that the school actually had the audacity to contact them after their talented tot took the Stanford-Binet test and interrogated parents if they prepped their child for the Hunter test. So sad that the admissions department at Hunter Elementary goes to such extremes to try and scare these parents who are already on-edge to begin with. Of course, parents in droves went to the Testing Mom web site where they helped their child prepare for the NYC gifted and talented program. I suppose they could have also brushed over some practice materials for the Stanford-Binet as well on that site.

Here’s the actual email Hunter sent to parents earlier today to notify them their child did make the cut-off! Names are removed for confidentiality purpose. Too bad they don’t spend as much time proofreading their emails sent to parents as they do interrogating the parents. I find it rather humorous there are a couple of typos in the email they sent (below)! :-)

Dear <PARENT>,

Congratulations! The results of our modified Stanford-Binet V testing have set the eligibility score for Hunter College Elementary School’s Round 2 assessment at a Sum of Scaled Scores (SSS) of 143. Children with this score or higher are invited to participate in our on-site assessment process. We will assess 300 children and will select 25 girls and 25 boys for a total of 50 children for the entering Kindergarten class of 2015.

You will receive an email by December 17th with <CHILD> assigned session time. You must confirm this appointment by email by December 19th, 2014. Please write <CHILD> name, ID number, date of birth, the assigned date, time, and session number in your email to ensure your confirmation. Please do not call or email with requests for a change in schedule; session assignments are firm and cannot be changed.

There are a great many factors that go into assigning children to R2 sessions to ensure that they have an opportunity to be seen in their best light. It is important that <CHILD> not be in a session with other children from his preschool, or others that he knows. Please do not make efforts to introduce <CHILD> to others from his assigned session.

We want to give you ample time to work on the three additional things that complete <CHILD> application. Clink on the links below to download THREE PDFs that must be submitted: The Parent Observation Form, The Proof of Residency form and documentation, and The Teacher Observation Release and Observation Form.

  1. HCES – Parent Observation Form – pdf
  2. Proof-of-Residency-2015.pdf
  3. HCES-Parent-Preschool-Release-Form.pdf

1. The Parent Observation Form

Please take time to read the instructions and thoughtfully respond to the Parent Observation form. In addition to giving us informatiom about <CHILD> development, this form is designed to give you a chance to share about <CHILD>. We are looking for candor, and details that will allow us to get to know <CHILD> better. For example, you might write about small moments or events or conversations that gave you insight into how <CHILD> is thinking, learning, or becoming curious about the world. You may handwrite in the boxes, or cut and paste a typed document. DO NOT exceed the delineated space, use a font size lower than 10 pt, or attach additional documents. Forms that do not conform to the space allotted will be returned. This is a LEGAL-sized document.

Please note that the Parent Observation Form must be completed without <CHILD> name in order to preserve anonymity in the selection process. You may use an initial in place of his name.

2. The Proof of Residency Form and accompanying documentation

This form must accompany a copy of BOTH parents’ 2013 NYS State tax return. Many people ask if they can delete income information. You may, but we ask that you leave the information as is; we are a publicly funded school and for our research it is important to us to know as much as we can about our applicant and student body. Please rest assured that NONE of the information included will be a part of <CHILD> admissions application or seen by anyone making decisions. Once we have established residency and collected information for our research, information is destroyed.

3. The Release and Teacher Observation Form

We will email a Teacher Observation Form to <CHILD> current pre-school teacher, who must return the form directly to the Admissions office. In order to give them permission to comment on your child, please fill out and give them this Release Form.

All materials must be received in the Admissions Office by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, January 5th, 2015. Materials can be mailed to the office or deposited into the Admissions lock box at the HCES Public Safety desk.

Please keep an eye out for the email to follow with <CHILD> session and instructions fo Round 2 that will come by December 17th.

We look forward to seeing you and <CHILD> at Round 2,

Kyla Kupferstein Torres ’86
Director of Admissions and Outreach



New York City Dept. of Ed has released gifted and talented handbooks
October 2, 2014, 12:37 pm
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New York City Dept. of Ed has released gifted and talented handbooks the upcoming testing seasons that starts in January, 2015! The DOE is hosting information sessions in all 5 boroughs (dates and locations below). Registration for the NYC G&T test opens online next Wed., Oct. 8th so there’s nothing to do until then (except of course start practicing with your child!). After a quick review of the handbooks it doesn’t look like there are any major changes to the admissions process from last year. The OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests are still given to our talented tots to qualify for a seat in the gifted and talented program in New York City.

Go here to find out the the nitty-gritty details in the Gifted and Talented Handbook.

Here are the details on the info. sessions hosted by the NYC Dept. of Ed. Please note these information regurgitate the same information that’s contained in the handbook.

Manhattan
High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street, Tuesday, October 14   6:00 – 8:00 PM

Brooklyn
Clara Barton High School
901 Classon Avenue, Wednesday, October 15   6:00 – 8:00 PM
Staten Island
P.S. 69 Daniel D. Tompkins
144 Keating Place, Thursday, October 16    6:00 – 8:00 PM

Bronx
Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus
500 East Fordham Road, Tuesday, October 21    6:00 – 8:00 PM

Queens
Forest Hills High School
67-01 110th Street,  Wednesday, October 22    6:00 – 8:00 PM

The folks at Testing Mom (the site where you can get free OLSAT and NNAT practice questions) are hosting seminars in late October for parents in NYC! These seminars will tell you information that the DOE won’t or can’t!



Back to school at PS 33 Chelsea Prep
September 29, 2014, 4:18 pm
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It’s back to school at PS 33 Chelsea Prep gifted and talented. The first day of school started out with beautiful summer weather with blue skies and sunny all day long. I could easily identify the first time parents to the school as they coddled their talented tots before they entered the school cafeteria prior to the school bell ringing. Overall, the day was uneventful with no drama from parents or students so that’s a good sign of the things to come for the upcoming school year at PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Here are a few photos from the first day of school on September 4, 2014 from PS 33 gifted and talented program in New York City. After school tons of kids rush home with their parents to log-in to TestingMom.com to get tons of skills building activities for gifted and talented students.

Calendar of holidays throughout the school year.

Calendar of holidays throughout the school year.

New school hours this year for PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Starting ten minutes earlier and getting our ten minutes earlier. Rise and shine little ones!

New school hours this year for PS 33 Chelsea Prep! Starting ten minutes earlier and getting out ten minutes earlier. Rise and shine little ones!

Principal Linore Lindy (middle in blue and green dress) comforts nervous parents while they wait for their kids after the first day of school. Will their child be ok? Of course!

Principal Linore Lindy (middle in blue and green dress) comforts nervous parents while they wait for their kids after the first day of school. Will their child be ok? Of course!

Swarms of parents waiting in the playground after school wondering when their child will emerge from the school cafeteria and run into their arms. Or will they just want to stay and play with friends on the slides?

Swarms of parents waiting in the playground after school wondering when their child will emerge from the school cafeteria and run into their arms. Or will they just want to stay and play with friends on the slides?

Of course, the PTA of course is now in full swing hounding parents with constant email communications to donate money (aka begging). I find it interesting that all their emails contain subject lines with ALL CAPS. I suppose whomever writes the emails didn’t get the memo about not using ALL CAPS as it means you are SHOUTING at the recipient of the email but this might be a good fund raising technique. I suppose it’s all going at good cause so writing my check now!



New York Common Core Test Results Released

Well, it’s not gifted and talented but it might as well be! The New York state common core test results were released last week! And guess what? Only one-third of the students in the entire state passed the test and a little less for the city of New York.  This is slightly above last year but still a very low percentage of the students passing.

Here’s a quote from Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch (for the state of New York)

“Statewide, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above in math rose from 31.2 to 35.8 across all grades combined.”

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said:

“The percentage of students scoring at the partial proficiency level and above also rose in math, from 66.9 to 69.6 percent.”

In English Language Arts (ELA), the percentage of New York students scoring at the proficient level rose one-tenth of a percent, from 31.3 to 31.4 percent, across all grades combined (3rd through 8th grade).

So, what does this have to do with the OLSAT test and the NNAT-2 test for the New York City Gifted and Talented Program. I suppose nothing directly but it is interesting to see how the dreaded “common core” has become a thorn in the side of so many schools, teachers and principals. On the flip side, some of the G&T programs in NYC scored extremely well on the common core test. Here are the test scores for Anderson, Lower Lab and NEST. All three of these programs have an entire student population gifted and talented. It seems the staff, principals and teachers at these three schools were conspicuously silent when it came to the protest from teachers and principals earlier this school year when it came to the common core. Maybe because their students did so incredibly well on these very difficult tests?  Maybe the lower performing schools within NYC should take note and realize that having practically every student pass the common core test is possible.

Click on images below to enlarge. Please note, 4 is the highest score and any score of 3 or 4 is considered passing. 1 or 2 is below average or failing.

Looking for common core practice questions or OLSAT and NNAT questions? Go to Testing Mom and get some now (for free)

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anderson school test scores

lower lab test scores

 



Summer is almost over and AABL testing begins

Summer is almost over and AABL testing begins. So long WWPSI and hello AABL! The new test given to preschoolers vying for a spot in the most competitive private school kindergartens in New York City.  This new test, called the AABL, is just another one to add to the array of tests given to 4-year-olds in the most competitive city the world. Depending on where you live and what schools you are interested in your child attending your child can take up to 4 tests! I suppose that’s one test for every year they have been alive. Here’s the breakdown:

  1. OLSAT test – given to preschoolers for entry in the NYC gifted and talented program from the New York City Department of ed. A child get retake the test every year up through 2nd grade if they don’t qualify.
  2. NNAT-2 test – this is also given to preschoolers for entry in the NYC gifted and talented program from the New York City Department of ed.
  3. Stanford-Binet test – this is given to kids who are applying to Hunter College Elementary School gifted program
  4. AABL – the test formerly called the ERB (aka WPPSI) given to kids applying to kindergarten private schools in NYC.

I know, it’s enough to make your head spin but I suppose it’s just part of the vetting process where every parent must decide what’s best for their child and their particular situation.

You can get lots of free sample questions for the AABL test at TestingMom.com



Field trip to Philadelphia
June 26, 2014, 11:11 am
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The kids at P33 Chelsea Prep 4th grade class took an incredible field trip to Philadelphia! We all had to meet up super early at Penn Station at 6am then head down to the city of brotherly love for an exciting time learning about the history of the city.  After a walking tour the day ended with a trip to Constitution Hall and of course a visit to the Liberty Bell! The end of the day concluded with a visit to the first post office with a reenactment from a man and his printing press. At the end of that presentation the kids could buy a copy of the Declaration of Independence that was printed on the printing press. There were so many other field trips this year for the fourth grade but this one was the best one of all for all the kids and the parents who were able to go as chaperones.

Here are some photos of the trip:

 

 

All the kids from PS 33 4th grade G&T in front of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia.

All the kids from PS 33 4th grade G&T in front of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia.

 

 

Visiting Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. Learning our nation's history where the Declaration of Independence was signed!

Visiting Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. Learning our nation’s history where the Declaration of Independence was signed!

The kids from Chelsea Prep on the walking tour of Philadelphia

The kids from Chelsea Prep on the walking tour of Philadelphia



PS 33 Gifted and Talented Kindergarten Teacher Wins Blackboard Award
June 20, 2014, 11:00 am
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PS 33 Gifted and Talented Kindergarten teacher wins Blackboard Award for 2014! Dana Kaplan, G&T Kindergarten teacher, celebrates her accomplishments as one of the top educators in New York City among public and private schools – nursery school through high school.  The Blackboard Awards launched in 2002 and have since become the top honor given to teachers and educators on top performance by parents nomination  the city. Out of tens of thousands of nominations each year here is the list of the 2014 Honorees: Excellence in Education:

  • Dana Kaplan – PS 33, Chelsea Prep
  • Lisa Schalk – Chelsea Day School
  • Willie Devargas – Little Missionary’s Day Nursery
  • Nicole Devault – Alexander Robertson School
  • Heather Meisner – PS 198
  • Dr. Katarina H. Klaf – PS 77-NYC Lower Lab School
  • Laura Resnick – PS 87-William T. Sherman School
  • Sarah Liogys – NEST+m
  • Dennis Sullivan – Saint Ignatius Loyola
  • Fran Vogel – Robert F. Wagner Middle School
  • Kristen Smith – MS 245-The Computer School
  • Evan Burns – Democracy Prep Charter High School
  • Bayard Faithfull – The Beacon School
  • Karey Boals – The Chapin School
  • Eileen Shostack – PS 75

I was lucky enough to attend the event and here’s a video of Dana accepting her award along with some photos. Congrats to Dana on a well deserved award!

 

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Dana Kaplan, PS 33 G&T Kindergarten teacher, at Blackboard Awards with two former students who came to support her!

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Dana Kaplan, PS 33 Chelsea Prep Gifted and Talented Teacher, receives a well deserved Blackboard Award.

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