Filed under: common core test, nnat test, OLSAT Test | Tags: anderson school, common core test results, Lower Lab, nest school
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)
Filed under: OLSAT Test, OLSAT test prep, Stanford-Binet | Tags: aabl test, nnat-2 test, nyc gifted talented, OLSAT test
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Stanford-Binet test – this is given to kids who are applying to Hunter College Elementary School gifted program
- 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
Filed under: nnat test, OLSAT Test | Tags: nyc gifted test scores, testing mom
The scores are in! It seems many NYC parents are distraught with gifted and talented scores received by their talented tot. According to Testing Mom (the site with thousands of practice questions for the OLSAT test and the NNAT test).
Obviously, these comments from parents are way out of line and very concerning. Testing Mom said she doesn’t condone or approve of these comments but wanted to give people an idea of how intense some New York City parents get when the G&T test scores get released. I feel bad for the poor kids of these parents as some of these comments are just plain mean!
- “I thought my son was well prepared for OLSAT test from the few practice questions provided by the Dept. of Ed. How did he get score of 48? I am so disappointed in him and as a mother. I started practicing with him today but now have to wait another year.”
- “I think my son has ADHD, if only I put him on meds prior to this test he would have been able to sit, focus and As the verbal section. He did so awesome on the nonverbal score. Trying to figure out what wrong. “
- “He scored 88th percentile which is ok but still disappointing! I’m trying not to look at him differently but it’s hard not to right now. I thought he was so smart but now I realize he’s just average like his father (my ex).”
- “I’m shocked at how our child could have scored so low on the OLSAT and so high on the NNAT-2 test but since signing up on Friday I can see how. We thought she’d breeze through the verbal OLSAT test but now I know better.”
My jaw dropped (literally!) after reading these comments from parents but I suppose they were being honest about their feelings. I hope they get over the initial shock quickly and start supporting their child emotionally.
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: nnat test, NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT Test | Tags: back to school nyc, testing mom
Well, it’s back to school time for NYC gifted and talented students across the city. Only 4 more weeks until the first official day of school on September 9, 2013. Now’s the time for parents to make sure their talented tot is ready for the upcoming school year with mental exercises to get them in tip-top shape. I noticed that Testing Mom (the site with 100 free practice questions) now has online school enrichment activities along with over 25,000 practice questions for gifted and talented. Including practice the Stanford-binet, WPPSI – ERB test, OLSAT test and NNAT-2 test. It’s a great time to make sure your child starts at the head of the class with the new enrichment activities from the makers for Brain Pop, Smart Math, Encyclopedia Britannica and Miss Humblebee’s Academy and more!