NYC prepares for the ELA and math test coming up in April. This year they are separating the ELA and the math tests over a several week period. Last school year the tests were given back-to-back over a one week period. At least there’s a little break this year. Sites like Testing Mom have tons of practice materials for the ELA and math test for NYC common core testing this year.
Last year was the first year of the new and much tougher test that only 29% of the students in New York actually passed the exam so that’s left lots of room for improvement for this year’s test. There have been many rumors coming from Albany about the delayed implementation of the common core standards but this isn’t going to stop the NYC dept of ed from administering the ELA and math test this school year. The test results have little to no impact on students outside of New York City but within the city the fourth grade test is used for admissions for the middle school process. If your child doesn’t score at least a 3 or 4 on the fourth grade ELA and math tests then you can forget about getting him or her into one of the top middle school programs in the city. Many parents are now worrying as much about this as they did for the gifted and talented test for getting into kindergarten.
This school year the tests remain pencil to paper although the long-term goal is to eventually have all the testing done on tablets within the school. As with any technology initiative within the public school system (especially New York City) I don’t foresee the implementation of the testing tablets to happen in any time soon.
We’ll see if the students score higher this year than in previous years as parents are stepping up the prep for this test because they know the stakes are high. Getting into one of these top middle schools sets the stage for where the child will end up going to high school. Yep, only in New York City folks!
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: ps 139 brooklyn, soar program
Well, it looks like a very popular Brooklyn gifted and talented program gets the axe. PS 139 in Ditmas Park plans to eliminate their G&T program to promote more diversity amongst the student population. It looks like the decision wasn’t made by the DOE but rather from the school itself. It seems there were complaints from parents that this particular gifted and talented program was full of white students while most of the general ed population skews mostly black and Hispanic.
According to the letter below the principal told parents: “Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in.”
This past weekend PS 33 Chelsea Prep attended robotics competition at the City College of New York . There were 2 teams represented by Chelsea Prep both from the 4th grade G&T class with teacher Mrs. Ladman. The purpose of the competition is to get kits to apply math and science to solve problems with team exercises with LEGO robotics. Each team prepared a presentation and also did a robotics competition with remotes which were judged by the panel. It was a great team effort and one of the teams from PS 33 qualified for the next round at the Javits Center in NYC in a few weeks! Although the competition lasted all day it was a fun filled day of excitement and seeing all the kids aglow was the energy of learning on a weekend is just another testament why PS 33 Chelsea Prep is one of the best gifted and talented programs in NYC! The children from PS 33 worked over the past 2 months on this project with help from 3 engineers from Google! (Yes, *that* Google!). It’s great to have community involvement from the high-tech community to get the kids involved in math and science activities such as robotics.
Here are some pics from before the competition:
Here are some pics during the competition:
Here’s a video of all the parents and kids thanking the guys from Google for providing their expertise to help out with the competition!
We’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks when the kids enter into the mammoth Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan.
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: nyc G&T test results, NYC Gifted and Talented
I received the email below from Testing Mom (the site where you get 100 free practice questions for gifted and talented testing) from a parent tells all about gifted and talented testing. I though it was so insightful of this mother to outline in great detail about her experience with the testing site where her son took the NYC gifted and talented test. Here’s what she had to say according to the email I received:
I wanted to let you know my son took the test this past Saturday. We went to the school and my son was actually very calm. I took your advice about visiting the school a couple of times prior to test day so it wasn’t foreign to him when we arrived for the test. I told him we were there so he could talk to a teacher and tell her everything a 4 year old knows! (another great tip!). He was so excited about telling someone all he knew. We waited in the school auditorium which was well over half full. Overall, it was pretty quiet and not much noise. After 15 minutes of waiting the testing proctor came out and took my son with her. She seemed nice enough as nice goes for New York City. My son was fine leaving with her and was in the room for 42 minutes. I sat nervously in the waiting area and had a brief conversation with another mom. She said her daughter was taking the test as well and she was very nervous because she didn’t practice at all. As she ended her sentence her daughter came running toward her crying and screaming. The test proctor said she started crying and wouldn’t stop. She was only in the test room for 10 minutes which obviously meant she didn’t do well on the test. The mom then went to the lady checking people in and had a conversation with her. I’m not sure what transpired after that but I was so thankful I had done my due diligence for my son to make sure he was comfortable going with a stranger taking a test. When my son came out he ran up to me all smiles and said he was ready to go play! I was so relieved. I then looked around for the woman and her daughter but they had already left the testing place. I don’t know what happened to her and I keep wondering if that little girl would have had a little guidance and preparation from her mom prior to taking the test the outcome would have been so much different. I wonder if she’ll be able to re-take the test or not. Do you know? Now the waiting game begins as we wait for my son’s test scores. I’m sure he did well but you never know. What I do know is that he walked into a testing situation comfortable and confident thanks to your site.
Wow! What a great story from this mom who gave us play by play as to what her experience was in Brooklyn. She’ll now have to wait 2 months before she gets the G&T test results back from the Dept. of Ed. I wish we could find out what happened to that poor little girl from the story and if she was able to re-test or not.
Filed under: PS 33 chelsea prep | Tags: chelsea prep, linore lindy, ps 33
There was a Christmas Show (oopppsss…holiday show) at PS 33 Chelsea Prep last week and it was simply amazing! Due to the overwhelming response from all the parents in both Gifted and Talented and general education the shows had to be divided up over 3 nights! The pre-K and kindergarten classes night one, 1st and second grades on night two and night three was the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades! Each night was standing room only. Next year they may have to have a separate night for each grade. I attended the last night with the 3rd-5th graders and it was an absolute joy to see all the children singing and dancing on the stage. I appreciate the inclusion of all religions and their perspectives but I do think the politic correctness has just gone too darn far. At the end of the show Principal Lindy made her announcement of every possible holiday imaginable to make sure all were covered. Of course the top 3 – Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza were mentioned and sung about during the show. There was mention of various other holidays at the end which did catch me off guard. For instance, Ramadan which was in July and Diwali in November which are fine with me but then the following were mentioned:
- 3 Kings Day
- Winter Solstice
- Vegan lover day
- Boxing day
- Mother of the mitten trees day
- Forefathers day
Seriously? This has gone way too far and the political correctness police need to chill out!
Here are a few videos from PS 33 Holiday Show in December 2013! From the 4th grade gifted and talented class with teacher Alison Ladman.
Filed under: hunter elementary gifted talented | Tags: hunter test scores, stanford-binet
Well, Hunter gifted and talented cut-off test scores were released to thousands for parents last week. What seemed like an eternity came to an abrupt end as the cut-off score for the Stanford Binet V test was a mere 144. When compared to previous years this is the lowest we’ve seen. Good news for some parents and not-so-good for others as their darling sons and daughters now have to jockey for a coveted city in the NYC gifted and talented program which begins testing here in just a few weeks.
I did receive from photos from a parent who got their precious child tested for Hunter and received some interesting photos from the doctor’s office where the child was tested for the Stanford Binet test. I thought many parents in NYC would find it interesting to see the type of office and also the disclaimer form they make parents sign when they arrive with their darling daughter or son.
Need practice questions for the Stanford Binet to get into Hunter? Go to TestingMom.com to start with 100 free sample test questions.
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.