NYC Gifted and Talented Program and Testing

Marshmallows Anyone? Response to NY Mag’s Article – The Myth of the Gifted Child

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In the recent article titled “The Myth of the Gifted Child”, NY Mag takes jabs at parents for prepping  their 4 year olds for entrance exams into kindergarten. The article focuses on both private and public schools with the array of tests used in NYC for 4 year olds: ERB, Stanford-Binet, OLSAT and BSRA (Bracken).

The article begins with a cute, little 4-year old girl wearing intellectually stimulating, designer glasses who is being assessed (code word for prepped) for the ERB test in her home somewhere in NYC (location not disclosed). Of course I used my wild imagination…let’s see could she live on the Upper Eastside or maybe even Upper Westside or who knows, maybe even downtown in Tribeca? Continue reading

NYmag Article – Why Kindergarten Tests Are Worthless…
February 1, 2010, 9:40 pm
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Spoke on Panel As a NYC Parent Expert for G&T – OLSAT and BSRA Tests
February 1, 2010, 9:28 pm
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If you’d like free OLSAT sample questions or sign-up for my G&T newsletter please email me at: – Thanks – Michael

On Thursday, January 28th I spoke on an expert panel for Big City Moms seminar:
Demystifying The Kindergarten Process for NYC Parents -The Insiders Guide to NYC gifted and talented and private schools

The event provided an insider’s look of how to successfully navigate through NYC schools – both private and public. I was surrounded by some of the most knowledgeable experts about NYC private and public schools: Roxana Reid and Terri Decker from Smart City Kids. Amy Paskal was also represented on the panel as an expert tutor for children. There were also representatives from FasTrackids in attendance. FasTrackKids just launched a brand new program that provides practice sessions for children taking the OLSAT and BSRA tests. They also offer a variety of other tutoring services that are fun and engaging on both the UES and UWS. Nearly 100 parents attended the seminar and asked engaging questions surrounding the process for NYC gifted and talented program and OLSAT and Bracken testing. After the seminar was over, a line of parents snaked around the room as the expert panel got to spend quality one-on-one time with each parent and to answer their specific questions about the ERB, OLSAT and BSRA tests.

Overall, the event was a huge success and provided a great forum to educate parents on this complex process of effectively navigating through the NYC school system. Thanks to Big City Moms and FasTracKids for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a top-notch event to educate parents in NYC about the gifted and talented program. 
Here are a few of the questions I received from parents attendings the session:
Is there a Bracken (BSRA) practice or sample test available?
What languages other than English is the OLSAT administered in?
Does the DOE provide transportation to G&T programs?