Filed under: common core test, Uncategorized | Tags: common core test, ela test, ny state test
Well, it looks like schools punish students who opt out of common core testing. At least according to this Washington Post hit piece. From Florida to California schools are retaliating against younger and older students on a variety of fronts. This ranges from holding back the younger kids to exclude high school students from early college prep programs. According to federal law school districts need to maintain a 95% test taker rate to keep the federal funds rolling in. Anything less than that the districts will be punished by reduced funding. If the schools get punished it seems it’s trickling down to the student level to increase test taking participation rates for the state common core test. In Buffalo, N.Y., for instance, kids applying to competitive middle schools who opted-out of common core testing were shut-out from the application process and even some private schools shut-out middle school students from applying due to no common core test scores. This goes against the NY State Legislature that past this amendment in 2014:
“[N]o school district shall make any student promotion or placement decisions based solely or primarily on student performance on the state administered standardized English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments for grades three through eight. However, a school district may consider student performance on such state assessments provided that the school district uses multiple measures in addition to such assessments and that such assessments do not constitute the major factor in such determinations.” NYS Education Law, Section 305, subdivision 47.
Don’t like common core? Here’s a video to support your point a view. Due to the recent election and President-elect Trump’s pledge to abolish the common core this may be much ado about nothing at this point in time.
Filed under: OLSAT test prep, Stanford-Binet | Tags: testing mom, testing mom reviews, testingmom.com
The folks over at Testing Mom (home of the 100 free questions) have received tons of great reviews from parents across the nation who have used their test prep materials for OLSAT, NNAT-2, CogAT, Stanford-Binet and dozens more tests! If you’re a frequent reader of this blog you know I’m a huge proponent of their online test prep and skill building that goes from pre-K to 8th grade. If you don’t believe me, then read these reviews from moms who have used the program over the past few months.
Crystal who writes a great blog called Surviving on a Teacher’s Salary says this about Testing Mom:
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Another mom named Tracie who blogs on Penny Pinchin Mom said this about her experience with the TestingMom.com program:
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When I saw my son able to focus and see my youngest online “having fun”, I knew that this site had hit it out of the park. TestingMom.com knows that education is one of the best gifts you can give to your child. As a parent, I completely agree with this.”
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program, Parents Resources for NYC G&T | Tags: nnat-2 test, NYC Gifted and Talented, OLSAT test
The NYC dept of ed changes gifted and talented information sessions for NYC parents. The sessions were previously held one time in each of the 5 boroughs. This year they will be hosting these seminars in each of the districts sprinkled throughout the city. Keep in mind, these sessions aren’t solely focused on the G&T program where they review OLSAT and NNAT-2 practice questions. These seminars also include pre-K and kindergarten (general ed.) information for parents considering these programs as well. Here are some practice questions for the OLSAT test and NNAT-2 test.
Here’s the schedule for November 2016:
|District 1||Thursday, December 1||6-8pm||P.S. 134 Henrietta Szold
293 East Broadway New York, NY 10002
|District 2||Wednesday, November 9||6-8pm||M.S. 260 Clinton School for Writers and Artists
10 East 15th Street New York, NY 10003
|District 3||Thursday, November 10||6-8pm||P.S. 333 Manhattan School for Children
154 W 93rd Street New York, NY 10025
|District 4||Thursday, November 17||4:30-7:30pm||The Tito Puente Complex
240 E 109th Street New York, NY 10029
|District 5||Monday, November 7||6-8pm||P.S. 092 Mary McLeod Bethune
222 West 134 Street New York, NY 10030
|District 6||Wednesday, November 9||6-8pm||P.S./I.S. 210 Twentyfirst Century Academy For Community Leadership
501-503 West 152 Street New York, NY 10031
|District 7||Wednesday, November 9||6-8pm||P.S. 065 Mother Hale Academy
677 East 141 Street Bronx, NY 10454
|District 8||Monday, November 7||6-8pm||P.S. 119
1075 Pugsley Avenue Bronx, NY 10472
|District 9||Thursday, November 10||6-8pm||P.S./I.S. 218 Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School
1220 Gerard Avenue Bronx, NY 10452
|District 10||Thursday, November 17||6-8pm||P.S. 279 Captain Manuel Rivera, Jr.
2100 Walton Avenue Bronx, NY 10453
|District 11||Monday, November 14||6-8pm||P.S./M.S. 194
2365 Waterbury Avenue Bronx, NY 10462
|District 12||Thursday, November 17||6-8pm||P.S. 214
1970 West Farms Road Bronx, NY 10460
|District 13||Tuesday, November 15||6:30-8:30pm||P.S. 133 William A. Butler
610 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
|District 14||Thursday, November 17||6-8pm||P.S. 110 The Monitor
124 Monitor Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
|District 15||Monday, November 14||6-8pm||P.S. 24
427 38 Street Brooklyn, NY 11232
|District 16||Tuesday, November 1||6-8pm||P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell
616 Quincy Street Brooklyn, NY 11221
|District 17||Wednesday, November 9||6-8pm||P.S. 770 The New American Academy
60 E.94th Street Brooklyn, NY 11212
|District 18||Tuesday, November 1||6-8pm||P.S. 66
845 East 96 Street Brooklyn, NY 11236
|District 19||Thursday, November 10||6-8pm||P.S. 013 Roberto Clemente
557 Pennsylvania Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11207
|District 20||Tuesday, November 15||6-8pm||Franklin D. Roosevelt High School
5800 20th Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11204
|District 21||Monday, November 7||6-8pm||I.S. 096 Seth Low
99 Avenue P Brooklyn, NY 11204
|District 22||Monday, November 14||6-8pm||P.S. 222 Katherine R. Snyder
3301 Quentin Road Brooklyn, NY 11234
|District 23||Tuesday, November 1||6-8pm||P.S. 156K Waverly School of the Arts
104 Sutter Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11212
|District 24||Wednesday, November 16||6-8pm||P.S. 110
43-18 97th Place Queens, NY 11368
|District 25||Monday, November 14||6-8pm||I.S. 025 Adrien Block
34-65 192 Street Queens, NY 11358
|District 26||Wednesday, November 16||6-8pm||P.S./I.S. 266
74-10 Commonwealth Boulevard Queens, NY 11426
|District 27||Monday, November 14||6-8pm||M.S. 137 America’s School Of Heroes
109-15 98 Street Queens, NY 11417
|District 28||Monday, November 7||6-8pm||P.S. 182 Samantha Smith
153-27 88th Avenue Queens, NY 11432
|District 29||Tuesday, November 1||6-8pm||P.S. 035 Nathaniel Woodhull
191-02 90 Avenue Queens, NY 11423
|District 30||Thursday, November 17||6-8pm||The Woodside Community School
39-07 57th Street Queens, NY 11377
|District 1||Thursday, November 10||6-8pm||Space Shuttle Columbia
77 Marsh Avenue Staten Island, NY 10314
|District 32||Monday, November 7||6-8pm||P.S. 376
194 Harman Street Brooklyn, NY 11237
NYC expands outreach for gifted and talented program by providing information sessions at each of the districts across all five boroughs. In the past, the DOE help information sessions one per borough which garnered hundreds of anxious parents at once to herd into an auditorium to find out how their gifted girl or brilliant boy could get a coveted seat in the NYC G&T program for either citywide or district wide. The NYC Dept. of Ed. is hoping to increase overall parent attendance by having these information sessions at each of the districts to answer any and all questions parents may have about the program. It’s also a 3 for 1 special since these sessions will also have information. Here’s more information provided by the DOE on this must-attend events for parents of little ones. There’s also a great article on DNA Info outlining all these changes and schedule by district.
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program | Tags: nyc gifted talented, OLSAT test
Our friends at Testing Mom (home of the free practice questions for gifted and talented) are hosting two live seminars for parents in October. One will be on the Upper East Side and the other midtown west near Penn Station. Both seminars cover the same material so you only need to attend one.
If you’re a parent to a preschooler or early elementary school-aged child and feel overwhelmed or confused by the NYC gifted and talented program eligibility testing and admissions process, you can hear from a team of NYC experts. They do ask that due to the topic children should not attend these sessions. You can register below:
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT Test | Tags: hopeorgnyc, nnat test, NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT test
The non-profit HOPEorgNYC helps prepare kids for the gifted and talented test in New York City. Jill Goldstein, founder of @HOPEorgNYC, founded the non-profit in 2015 due to the lack of participation of students in lower-income areas of NYC who take the NYC gifted and talented test for children entering kindergarten through 3rd grade. The mission of this group is to lessen the divide within the gifted and talented program in New York City. HOPE meets with students every Saturday morning from September through January to help them prepare for the upcoming NNAT and OLSAT tests.
Over the years, it has been evident that the NYC gifted and talented program skews to more Caucasian and Asian students vs. African American and Latino students. The population of gifted and talented students based upon race is disproportionate to the racial population of the city. According to the NY Times, this racial segregation within the schools begins as early as pre-K and then really manifests itself going into kindergarten with the gifted and talented program.
HOPE plans to even out the playing field within district 10 in the Bronx where the program meets at the local library every Saturday to help local students prepare for the test. Their goal is two fold: help the kids succeed on the the G&T test and to do well in school.
Here are students who have benefited from the wonderful work HOPE is doing in the Bronx. The kids thank TestingMom.com for giving them test prep materials and for sponsoring the HOPE team.
Filed under: nnat test, NYC Gifted and Talented Program, OLSAT test prep | Tags: nnat test, nyc gifted talented, OLSAT test
NYC Gifted and Talented Testing Overview
Here’s a great overview from our friends at TestingMom.com (home of the 100 free practice questions for gifted and talented and private school admissions to help your child prep for these tests with tons of sample questions.)
If you are reading this, then you are a parent or a grandparent in NYC who is trying to find the best possible school for your little one. There are so many options in New York – private schools, gifted and talented programs, general education – it can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially if your child is just 4-years-old!
In NYC, you have 3 possibilities when it comes to a free gifted & talented education for your young child. Children take different tests to qualify for these programs:
1) Citywide Gifted and Talented Programs – Children will take the Verbal Portion only of the Otis Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT® test), which counts for 50% of the child’s composite score (Following Directions, Aural Reasoning, Arithmetic Reasoning for Levels A, B, C or K – 2nd grade), and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®2 test), a non-verbal test, which counts for 50% of the child’s composite score. The question to your right is a practice question for the Pattern Completion subtest for the NNAT®2 test.
Your child will be given a nationally normed percentile rank for the OLSAT test and a percentile rank for the NNAT2 test. Then, these two scores will be combined into a single percentile score that will be normed against other NYC students. A child must score at the 97th percentile or above to be eligible for these programs. In the last few years (due to space limitations), only children who score in the 99th percentile have gotten into these programs. The only exception to this is siblings of current students who are admitted with 97th percentile or above.
2) District Gifted and Talented Programs – Children will take the Verbal Portion only of the Otis Lennon School Ability Test® (OLSAT® test), which counts for 50% of the child’s composite score (Following Directions, Aural Reasoning, Arithmetic Reasoning for Levels A, B, C or K – 2nd grade), and the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®2 test), a non-verbal test, which counts for 50% of the child’s composite score – a child must score at the 90th percentile or above to be eligible for these programs.
Your child will be given a nationally normed percentile rank for the OLSAT test and a percentile rank score for the NNAT2 test. Then, these two scores will be combined into a single percentile score that will be normed against other NYC students. A child must score at the 90th percentile or above to be eligible for these programs.
For the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test® (NNAT®2 test), all of the questions are “puzzles” involving shapes and figures that require visual-spatial reasoning to solve.