According to the NY Times, councilman Bill Kallos, is proposing a new bill for the city to do deep dive into reporting of student information for public record. The NYC Dept of Ed. already posts on school capacity and whether a public school has too few or too many students. The councilman is proposing that residency information is also included. The impact of this is to not only tell what local kids are attending schools but also where NYC G&T students are coming from within their district or in the case of city wide programs where these students are commuting from. Many local residents complain that their child didn’t get a G&T seat because it was given to students who don’t even live near the school. Mr. Kallos hopes that this new bill will increase more diversity within the NYC school systems since many neighborhoods are segregated by socio-economic class and by race.
Pretty much all of the citywide and district wide G&T programs are jammed pack since parents are vying for so few spots with so many children making the qualifying score. Many of these same parents have decent gen ed programs in their neighborhood although they are seeking an even better education for their talented tot. That’s why so many parents in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan their young child for the NYC Gifted and Talented test and anxiously await the test results that arrive each April. Here’s some good info on the NYC Gifted and Talented Test along with tons of practice questions.
Filed under: brooklyn gifted and talented test prep, OLSAT test prep | Tags: brooklyn gifted and talented test prep, queens nyc gifted talented test prep, staten island gifted and talented test prep
Manhattan has been the mecca of the NYC Gifted and Talented test prep
Although, there is a high-demand for practice questions in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island Gifted and Talented Test Prep. And the Bronx is also seeing a slight increase in parents preparing their talented tots. Although Staten Island has 6 district wide programs for the G&T program there currently is no citywide program there and in the Bronx. Many parents use private tutors to help their child succeed on the OLSAT and NNAT-2 tests while some use workbooks. The good news is there’s an online tool from Testing Mom that has tons of free practice questions for the NYC gifted and talented.
If you live in Queens, parents there are fighting the DOE to keep the policy of automatic admissions for middle school if the child is in the G&T program in elementary school. Here’s a quote from a mom who has a child attending the gifted and talented program in Queens:
Even in kindergarten, the homework workload is just over the top,” she said. “The kids who are there by fifth grade belong in the G&T program,” she added. “These kids work so hard.”
I suppose she’s inferring that other kids in non-G&T classroom don’t work hard and don’t deserve automatic placement like her darling child? Hmmmm. In my opinion, students applying to middle school should all be on the same playing field. If they are looking at state scores, report cards and teacher reports then shouldn’t G&T students already have an advantage? Seems that way to me.
Here’s the list of the gifted and talented citywide programs and any student who receives a qualifying score in any of the boroughs can apply to one of these very popular programs.
|Manhattan||1||Lower East Side||New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math – NEST + M|
|Manhattan||3||Upper West Side||The Anderson School|
|Manhattan||4||Far Upper East Side||TAG Young Scholars|
|Brooklyn||20||Bensonhurst||Brooklyn School Of Inquiry|
|Queens||30||Flushing||The 30th Avenue School|
Filed under: testingmom.com | Tags: new york city gifted and talented testing, nyc gifted talented test prep, testing mom review
More and more parents give their Testing Mom reviews on the internet!
Most are very positive and seems to have a personal beef with the Testing Mom. Not sure what’s going on with that relationship although it struck me as quite odd. Here’s an excerpt of their review of the Testing Mom program:
I think of testingmom as the first semester of test prep. A few months before the test, we switched to ridiculously hard oddball brain teasers that I found in a variety of places. I expected about 50% correct. If you are subscribing to testingmom a month before the test, cover the intro material and skip right to the really hard questions related to the test you are going to take. You will find these on the site, just not 20,000 of them.
Here are a couple more excerpts from reviews of Testing Mom online test prep program that are pretty positive.
This one is from mommy blogger: The Educators Spin On It
My youngest just started Kindergarten this year. I started teaching Kindergarten in 1997 and in almost 20 years quite a bit has changed when it comes to Kindergarten testing and even in Kindergarten Curriculum. I know this causes quite a bit of anxiety in parents. In this video, Karen Quinn, cofounder of TestingMom.com, addresses the difference between tests given for kindergarten admissions and kindergarten readiness. Karen discusses the similarities and differences among IQ tests, achievement tests, and readiness tests. If your child is getting ready to enter kindergarten, a gifted and talented program, or a private school, this video is a must-watch.
This one is from mommy blogger: Love, Peace and Tiny Feet
TestingMom.com is a fully accredited online education and test prep program for students Pre-K to 8th Grade. Their online educational program was designed by parents (with the support of education professionals) to help other parents and their kids aged Pre-K through 8th grade develop a lifelong love of learning.Through the site, you get immediate access to award-winning learning programs from the top names in education to help enrich your child’s abilities overall or in any subject area they are struggling with. These include Printables, practice tests and interactive games – just whatever you find your child responds best to.
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:
“Your kids can unwind from a long day at school by watching educational films, listening to public radio programs specifically designed for kids, and even read about current events! It’s a safe zone my kids can decompress in every day and help carry their learning through the summer.”
Another mom named Tracie who blogs on Penny Pinchin Mom said this about her experience with the TestingMom.com program:
“This site is so much more than tests and websites. As we are digging our heels in and learning more, we have figured out that my kids can read about current events. They can play chess and even learn computer programming.
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
Filed under: NYC Gifted and Talented Program
NYC expands outreach for gifted and talented program by providing information sessions
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.